Ellsworth Creek Preserve Forest Restoration

Refuge staff uses an excavator to restore a decommissioned road to historic forest landscape/USFWS Photo

In 2004, forest wildlife in coastal southwest Washington got a helping hand when a new partnership was formed. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) combined resources with Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Complex to develop a long term management and restoration plan to direct efforts to restore late successional/old-growth coastal forest habitat essential to a myriad of coastal wildlife and plant species. Explore the natural history of the coastal forest, and the plants and animals, that depend on them for survival…

The partnership between the Refuge and TNC utilizes personnel and resources from both organizations to help wildlife on a landscape level. Restoration activities include, the decommission of roads and forest thinning. The decommission of unnecessary roads reduces risk of road failure, restores the natural hydrological function of the stream, and reduces sediment loading of streams, rivers, and the bay. The removal of roads also reconnects forest habitat. Modified thinning and commercial harvesting of trees helps to increase forest stand diversity and health, and creates canopy openings for nesting marbled murrelets. Learn more about Refuge forest restoration efforts…