Estuarine Conservation

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 The goal of tidal habitat restoration is to help rebuild a healthy, functioning natural estuary system.

  • Estuary Restoration

    Estuary restoration benefits a diverse array of species including chum and Chinook salmon, shorebirds, waterfowl and other migratory birds, as well as contributes to the overall health of Willapa Bay. Dike removal is only the first step in the restoration process. Restored sites generally take five years or longer to develop full wetland plant cover and continue to transform for many more years.  

    Learn more about estuary restoration efforts at the refuge…

  • Spartina Control

    In recent decades spartina grass, accidentally introduced from the eastern U.S., exploded in Willapa Bay, threatening the survival of both wildlife and the aquaculture industry in Willapa Bay. Willapa National Wildlife Refuge has a partnership with a variety of groups including Washington State University, University of Washington, Washington State Departments of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Wildlife, private landowners, oyster growers, the Nature Conservancy, and other private interest groups to eradicate spartina from Willapa Bay.

    Learn more about the control of this invasive species…