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Puget Sound Coastal Program

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The Puget Sound Coastal Program is part of the Service’s National Coastal Program and was established to protect, restore, and enhance the natural resources of Washington’s coastal ecosystems.  The Coastal program works closely with partners to conserve fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats in Puget Sound, an “estuary of national significance.”

 

 

  • The Coastal Program serves the western Washington region and emphasizes partnerships with other agencies, Native American Tribes, citizens, and organizations in four focus areas: North Puget Sound and the Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca; South Puget Sound and Hood Canal. 

    The goals of the Coastal Program are to:
    - Restore and protect coastal habitats through completion of interagency projects; provide technical assistance in the restoration process; and provide cost share where appropriate.
    - Use outreach and education to improve stewardship and conservation of Washington’s coastal resources.  Increase understanding and prevent the introduction and spread of coastal and marine non-native, invasive species.
    - Support the strategic priorities of the Puget Sound Partnership and the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project.
    - Work with Federally Recognized Tribes to restore coastal habitats and species.
    - Due to the highly developed and/or impacted state of most of our coastal resources in Washington, projects tend to be large and multi-partner in nature.  Our primary focus is on-the- ground projects within the above mentioned focus areas.  We seek project that restore naturally functioning systems that require little to no future manipulation.

    Example projects:

    - Tide gate or dike removal to restore tidal hydrology to estuarine wetlands,
    - Protection and restoration of estuarine and near-shore habitat,
    - Removal of derelict fishing gear, and
    - Protection and restoration of unique coastal upland habitats and coastal habitats that support federally listed species or species of concern.

     

    • Contact: Washington State Coordinator, Rich Carlson, Rich_Carlson@fws.gov, 360-753-5829

     

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