Resource Management

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This 364-acre island is covered by grass and low brush, with a small timbered area, high sandy bluffs where seabirds nest, and low sand spits on two ends of the island. A 200-yard buffer around the island is closed year round to protect wildlife resources. The 48-acre Zella M. Schultz Seabird Sanctuary (on the west end on the island) is managed by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Additionally, the island is the centerpiece of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Protection Island Aquatic Reserve.


Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge was set aside "to provide habitat for a broad diversity of bird species, with particular emphasis on protecting the nesting habitat of the bald eagle, tufted puffin, rhinoceros auklet, pigeon guillemot, and pelagic cormorant; to protect the hauling-out area of harbor seals; and to provide for scientific research and wildlife-oriented public education and interpretation." 

The effects of years of human use are still evident on Protection Island in roads that scar the land, invasive species that compete for key nutrients, and dilapidated structures no longer in use. The current management practices work to reverse these depredations through removal of unused roads and structures, invasive species management, and an increased effort to restore healthy habitats to encourage native plant diversity. Additionally, the Refuge is managed to decrease the ongoing impingement of human activities including efforts to reduce the risk of oil spills, clean up marine debris, and educate boaters about minimizing human-caused wildlife disturbance. The health of the island’s wildlife populations and the effects management activities have on those populations is continuously monitored through periodic surveys.