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
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
Puget Sound <ul><li>Healthy Puget Sound essential for social and economic well being of this and future generations. </li></ul>
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>
Nisqually Proposed Reserve Action Agenda identifies this area as an important conservation target