Author: Thea Hanner

13 Nov Critical Salmon Habitat Restored at Springbrook Creek Preserve

Another win in the recovery of threatened and endangered species such as Puget Sound Steelhead.   In a landmark restoration effort, the Bainbridge Island Land Trust has restored a critical section of Springbrook Creek by removing an underground culvert to allow free fish passage through Springbrook Creek Preserve. The restoration efforts were made possible through the support of dedicated volunteers, partners, and neighbors.       This September, volunteers helped prepare 800 biodegradable bags of soil that were strategically placed to stabilize the streambank while native plants take hold. Port Madison Enterprises and Wild Fish Conservancy played a pivotal role in ensuring the project’s success. After removing the culvert, the Land Trust installed a 30-foot-long pedestrian bridge over the stream, allowing the creek to flow freely. This bridge will provide future public access across the stream.       The Glanzrock family, who reside near the Preserve, expressed their excitement with the results of the project, stating, “We have been happy working together with the Land Trust to protect the 23 acres of wetland and wildlife habitat now known as Springbrook Creek Preserve. Over the years, as parcels of land have been divided and built upon it’s satisfying to know that another large tract of Bainbridge Island will be kept mostly wild and undeveloped.”     The 23-acre Preserve was strategically chosen following a multi-year stream assessment, and conserved through the Stand for the Land campaign in 2019. The Springbrook Creek Watershed Assessment identified future restoration opportunities within the nearly 1,000-acre watershed, such as removing other fish passage barriers and enhancing stream habitats.     Springbrook Creek (which drains into Fletcher Bay on the west side of the Island) is important in a region-wide context. Its protection is a priority of the Puget Sound Partnership Action Agenda, which is the State’s…

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15 Sep Join us for the 2023 Native Plant Sale!

Mark your calendars for the Bainbridge Island Land Trust’s annual Native Plant Sale! Saturday, October 7th Bainbridge First Baptist Church – 8810 Madison Ave NE 9 am – 10 am: Member Early Access* 10 am – 12 pm: Open Sale *Not a member? No problem! You can become a member at the event or donate online.   Please visit the Native Plant Sale event page to learn more.   Interested in volunteering to help with the Native Plant Sale, or have wheelbarrows to lend? Please Sign Up Here or email Thea at [email protected]

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14 Sep Breaking Ground at Springbrook Creek Preserve

We have broken ground on our stream restoration project at Springbrook Creek Preserve! We are removing a full fish passage barrier culvert, and enhancing the stream habitat as part of this project. Check out our time-lapse videos of our progress day by day! Thanks to our partners from Port Madison Enterprises Construction Company, Wild Fish Conservancy, and our dedicated neighbors Jeff Glanzrock and Kathy Levine who are working with us on this project. Thanks too to our dedicated volunteers who helped prepare 800 coir bags of soil that will be used along the streambank as part of restoration efforts. The bags will be placed along the stream, planted, and will help stabilize the bank while vegetation matures. The goal of the project is to allow fish access to excellent rearing habitat in the preserve, and improve stream habitat on both the preserve and the neighboring property. After the culvert is removed we will install a 30-foot pedestrian bridge over the stream, allowing the creek to flow freely. This bridge will provide public and stewardship access across the stream. These initiatives reflect our commitment to conserving and restoring our local watersheds through our Watershed Initiative. Due to these ongoing activities, the preserve remains closed to public access. However, we are working towards providing the public with opportunities to enjoy this remarkable place soon. Stay tuned for more updates on the progress of this exciting project. See photos of our hard-working volunteers helping to prepare the site, and a first glimpse at the groundbreaking below (photos by Cameron Karsten):

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16 Aug Wetland Wonders: Welcoming Back Beavers – Event Series

Meet the orange-toothed, tail-slapping engineers of the natural world.      Please join us for this three-part celebration of beaver brilliance:   1. Join a virtual webinar with Ben Goldfarb on September 6th at 6:00 pm  Ben Goldfarb is the author of Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, winner of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. His work has appeared in publications including the Atlantic, Science, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. His next book, Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of Our Planet, will be published by W.W. Norton & Co. in September 2023. Registration required. 2. Bring the kids to the Bainbridge Island Library on September 9th at 11:00 am  Children’s book reading and activity session all about beavers with librarians at Kitsap Regional Library’s Bainbridge Island branch. No registration is required.    3. Learn, Discuss, Explore at Islandwood on September 17th from 12:00 – 5:00 pm Learn from educational presentations by BeaversNW, King County Department of Natural Resources, Wild Fish Conservancy, Kitsap County Planning and Environmental Programs, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Discuss beavers in the Living with Beaver Neighbors panel discussion focusing on beaver management strategies and resources for landowners. Our panel consists of representatives from BeaversNW, Kitsap County Planning and Environmental Programs, the City of Bainbridge Island Water Resources, and the Little Andersen Creek Watershed Working Group. Explore Islandwood’s beaver pond with a self-guided hike. Registration required.   Please register at www.islandwood.org. We look forward to your participation in Wetland Wonders: Welcoming Back Beavers, as we come together to protect and preserve the natural beauty and function of our local watersheds.   This event series aims to provide a space for community members to learn about beaver ecology, their role in the ecosystem, the…

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10 Aug Volunteers Needed! Support Stream Restoration at Springbrook Creek Preserve

  The Bainbridge Island Land Trust is seeking dedicated volunteers to support an exciting milestone with the Watershed Initiative! This September, we will be breaking ground at Springbrook Creek Preserve to remove barriers to fish passage, and construct a bridge as part of trail restoration. We need your help to fill soil bags that will be used in the stream restoration project. You will have a direct impact on this important conservation work!   There are two dates scheduled, with two shifts each:   Wednesday, August 30th — 9 – 11 AM, 12 – 2 PM Wednesday, September 6th — 9 – 11 AM, 12 – 2 PM   We need all hands on deck to ensure the success of this project, so feel free to bring your friends and family, and spread the word! Please register here.   If you have any questions, please contact Thea. Thank you for your ongoing support, and we look forward to seeing you out on the land!

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