Leadbetter Coastal Dune and Beach Restoration

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In an effort to restore additional coastal dune habitat, Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Complex is partnering with Leadbetter Farms, LCC and Washington Department of Parks and Recreation Commission. Since the 1960’s the sandy coastline has been invaded by nonnative American and European beach grasses. These grasses grow tightly together and spread easily through underground rhizomes. The dense vegetation alters the dunes in many ways, including trapping sand which slows sand movement and creates higher dunes, limiting habitat for native dune plant species such as the pink sandverbena through competition for resources, and decreasing habitat for western snowy plovers and streaked horned larks by minimizing open sandy areas needed for nesting and foraging birds. Learn more about the Refuge’s dune habitat, and the plant and animal species it supports….

Utilizing the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, this project will restore approximately 6 acres (2.4 hectares) back to open, sparsely vegetated coastal dune habitat. The first phase of the project involves applying an herbicide treatment and the mechanical removal of invasive nonnative beach grasses. Reopening the dune system will provide essential habitat to migratory birds, resident wildlife, and native plants. Discover more about Refuge efforts to restore dune habitat…