Proposed Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve Open House Kyle Murphy Aquatic Reserves  Program Manager Contact: [email_address]...
Puget Sound <ul><li>Healthy Puget Sound essential for social and economic well being of this and future generations. </li>...
Puget Sound in Distress
Existing DNR Management
DNR and Puget Sound Aquatic Lands <ul><li>Steward of 1.9 million acres of Puget Sound, owned by people of Washington </li>...
Nisqually Proposed Reserve Action Agenda identifies this area as an important conservation target
High Resolution Bathymetric Scan in 2001
Significant Habitats Unmapped
Phased Restoration and the Future
Aquatic Reserves Program  Conservation Targets Management Plan DNR land management activities
Process & Timeline   <ul><li>Stage 1  – Nomination & Evaluation  – Ongoing </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach, public input, scien...
 
Local Opportunity Lets help develop the policies by which DNR will manage uses on these state-owned aquatic lands for the ...
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Aquatic Reserve Proposal

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A presentation by Daniel Hull, Executive Director of the Nisqually Reach Nature Center, to the Nisqually River Council in January 2010.

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  • Feb 2008 site proponent outreach pubic support
  • Including the tidelands identified along the Whidbey Coast and all of the seafloor, DNR manages 1.9 million acres of state-owned aquatic lands for all the people of the state. Imagine if you could drain all the water out of puget sound. The land that would then be exposed is what DNR manages, not the water or the species, but just the land. To be clear, we don’t manage the water or the species on top of tidelands and bedlands, but the uses we manage and allow on those lands do interact with the waters, and species. What do I mean by managed and allowed uses. (next slide)
  • Species and habitats that are so important to the health of Puget Sound interact with these types of uses, both negatively and positively.
  • The reason it has been identified as important High habitat diversity Important nesting site Puget Sound breeding seabirds Largest Kelp Bed in the State Important shoreline for juvenile salmon Orca us area for transit and feeding
  • By defining a management area, and developing a site specific plan for the area, Conservation targets are identified, goals and objectives for conservation of those targets are established. With the input of community members and the public, we can then manage the uses DNR allows on state-owned aquatic lands so they are consistent with the goals and objectives in the plan. Through this process we can provide long term certainty about the ecological values of an area. Research and monitoring will inform the future management of the site, and allow for the plan to be updated and adapted on a regular basis.
  • Population growth, development pressure and progress result in ever changing landscapes. The Aquatic Reserves Program is your opportunity effect how the aquatic landscape of the northwest Whidbey/smith minor Island area will or will not change in the future.
  • Aquatic Reserve Proposal

    1. 1. Proposed Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve Open House Kyle Murphy Aquatic Reserves Program Manager Contact: [email_address] Michael Grilliot Hershman Policy Fellow Aquatic Reserves Associate [email_address] Daniel Hull NRNC Executive Director Contact: [email_address] www.nisquallyestuary.org
    2. 2. Puget Sound <ul><li>Healthy Puget Sound essential for social and economic well being of this and future generations. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Puget Sound in Distress
    4. 4. Existing DNR Management
    5. 5. DNR and Puget Sound Aquatic Lands <ul><li>Steward of 1.9 million acres of Puget Sound, owned by people of Washington </li></ul><ul><li>Water-dependent uses, public use & access, sustainable use of natural resources, environmental protection </li></ul>
    6. 6. Nisqually Proposed Reserve Action Agenda identifies this area as an important conservation target
    7. 7. High Resolution Bathymetric Scan in 2001
    8. 8. Significant Habitats Unmapped
    9. 9. Phased Restoration and the Future
    10. 10. Aquatic Reserves Program Conservation Targets Management Plan DNR land management activities
    11. 11. Process & Timeline <ul><li>Stage 1 – Nomination & Evaluation – Ongoing </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach, public input, scientific evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Stage 2 – Planning & State Environmental Policy Act SEPA – Summer 10 </li></ul><ul><li>Management plan development, SEPA Public Review </li></ul><ul><li>Stage 3 – Formal Decision – Fall 10 </li></ul><ul><li>DNR Commissioner’s Decision on Adoption </li></ul>
    12. 13. Local Opportunity Lets help develop the policies by which DNR will manage uses on these state-owned aquatic lands for the next 90 years.

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