July Update

Lummi Island Ferry Landing Restoration Plantings

Although our plantings were weed eaten 3 times since we installed them in 2009, there is still life along the ferry landing rocked bluff.

Greetings from Lummi Island Watershed Enhancement Committee. Here is our July Update:

Our new MRC Water Sample Volunteer is Leah Paisano. She will be collecting samples once a month. Thank you Leah for committing to this important water monitoring work. For more information contact Melissa Roberts at MRoberts@co.whatcom.wa.us , Whatcom Co. Public Works (360) 676-6876 ext. 5063.   We are very disappointed that we didn’t get approved for our grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation/ Community Salmon Fund. And although we have permits ready to start Phase II Ferry Landing Enhancement, we will need to seek additional funding to finish our restoration work.  We will be organizing volunteer work parties to weed, water and mulch our plantings at the Ferry Landing several more times this summer. Greg Lutz has been volunteering to help. Thank you so much Greg for a great job weed-eating! You’re the best.   If you would like the opportunity to help, send us an email and get on our work party call list. For information or to volunteer contact: Wanda @ 360-220 -3077, email: forestflor@aol.com 

Check out: https://liwec.wordpress.com or https://www.facebook.com/LIWEC. The Island Mitt Mutt Stations are helping pet owners clean up after their pets which helps keep pollution from entering the marine environment. We all need healthy aquatic resources. Our work hopes to improve the quality of storm water entering our public clam bedsWe will start scheduling regular WEC meetings this fall.

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PLANTING WORK BEGINS ON SHORELINE

  

MAY 16TH 2009  

PLANTING BEGINS FOR THE LUMMI ISLAND FERRY LANDING   

NEARSHORE ENHANCEMENT PROJECT  

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 COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS; MALCOLM HUTCHINGS AND CONSTANCE DRAKE  

ADMIRE THEIR WORK ON THE NATIVE PLANT INSTALLATION ALONG THE  

SOUTH SIDE OF THE LUMMI ISLAND FERRY LANDING ROCKY SHORELINE.   

 

   

 THE LUMMI ISLAND WATERSHED ENHANCEMENT COMMITTEE 

(SPONCORED BY  THE LUMMI ISLAND COMMUNITY LAND TRUST) 

RECEIVED A GRANT FROM THE  NATIONAL FISH AND WILDLIFE FOUNDATION TO INVOLVE 

THEIR COMMUNITY IN FISH AND WILDLIFE ENHANCEMENT AROUND THE LUMMI ISLAND 

FERRY LANDING AND COUNTY OWNED SHORELINE TO THE NORTH. 

 

THE WATERSHED ENHANCEMENT COMMITTEE WILL PROVIDE A 50% MATCH FROM IN KIND 

AND DONATED MATERIALS AND SERVICES. WHATCOM COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS HAS PLAYED A 

PIVOTAL ROLE IN MAKING THIS PROJECT A SUCCESS INCLUDING  SHARING THE COST OF A NEW 

CATCHBASIN INSERT THAT WILL TREAT STORMWATER COMING FROM THE FERRY LANDING AREAS.  

 

 

 

SUPPORT HAS ALSO  COME FROM THE WSU WATERSHED MASTER/BEACH WATCHER PROGRAM.   

MANY COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER HOURS, OVER THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF,  HAVE BEEN SPENT 

PREPARING FOR THIS DAY.   PROJECT LEAD WANDA  CUCINOTTA OF FOREST FLOR RECOVERY 

HAS VOLUNTEERED THE MAJORITY OF HER TIME AND SKILLS AS WELL AS DONATING NATIVE PLANTS. 

 

VOLUNTEER  WORK PARTIES WILL CONTINUE TROUGH THE END OF JUNE.  

TO SIGN UP TO  HELP OR FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL HER AT 360‐220‐3077.  

   

  

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PAT DUNN AND COLLEEN BERG ENJOY VOLUNTEERING BY PLANTING NATIVE  

PLANTS ALONG THE LUMMI ISLAND FERRY LANDING SHORELINE. 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BOBBIE AND MALCHOLM HUTCHINGS VOLUNTEER PLANTING NATIVE  

PLANTS ALONG THE LUMMI IS. FERRY LANDING   

 

 

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COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER WYNNE  

LEE HAPPILY PLANTS AN OREGON  

GRAPE SHRUB. ALONG THE LUMMI  

IS. FERRY LANDING.  

 

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Beach school kids help with clam survey

We (Wanda, Victoria Souze, Russ Thompson and others) did several clam surveys in August and September, as part of the biological assessment for the ‘ferry landing restoration – nearshore habitat assessment’ grant.  But perhaps the most fun was the one about two weeks ago when Terry Cook and Julie Hirsch spearheaded a “Beach School science field day ” with kids digging & checking out test holes along 2 ‘transects’ (parallel lines outward from the shore).

Wynne Lee, who helped as official recorder of the numbers and types of clams, worms,  type of seaweed and substrate of each hole, had her camera along and has posted some of those photos, along with a brief description of the event, on her blog Lummi Island Living.  Hope you’ll check it out.

We’ll try to post more photos here soon.

Fundraising Events

COMMUNITY LANDTRUST EVENTS – – Julia Gibert

Let them eat cake – And fresh fish, and chicken, and bread and wine and… The LICLT will be holding Lummi Island’s first Bastille Day Celebration Gourmet Dinner. There will be a tasting menu featuring French food prepared by Island chefs and accompanied by a selection of wines from the Island’s own Artisan Wine Gallery. All are welcome. The Bastille Day Celebration will be Sunday July 13 from 4 – 7 PM at 2123 Granger Way(Anne Gibert’s home). Hurry! Places are limited. RSVP at the Community Land Trust’s booth at the Saturday Market or at the Trust’s office at 2129 Tuttle. The suggested donation is $30 per person. Questions (or if you would like to volunteer to help) please email info@lummiislandclt.org  or telephone 758 9925.

 

Attention all gardeners:

All summer at the Saturday Market the Lummi Island Community Land Trust will be sponsoring a Bring and Buy produce stall. Whenever your garden produces more than you or your family can use, bring it down on Saturday morning and we’ll sell it for you. Please bring: flowers, vegetables, fruit, seedlings/plant starters – whatever your garden produces and someone else might want!

 

Here are the rules: The market runs 10 AM – 2 PM. Please bring your produce as early as possible (ideally between 9.30 and 10 AM when we will be setting up. We will provide stickers for you to price your own items. We will sell them for you and take 25% leaving you with 75% or you can choose to donate your produce.

Please collect your money and anything we haven’t sold between 1:30 and 2 PM. Produce not collected by 2 PM will be given away or composted. Any questions, phone 758-9925, email info@lummiislandclt.org or see us at the Saturday Market.

 

The Bastille Day Dinner and the Saturday Market sales will be fundraising events, and the proceeds will go to our Watershed Enhancement Committee’s Nearshore project – working towards restoring and enhancing marine habitats around Lummi Island’s ferry landing and County beach while reducing water pollution and securing the shoreline bank.

May 31st Project Meeting Update

Community Presentation on Lummi Island Ferry Landing Nearshore Enhancement Project
May 31st Meeting update
Our meeting went totally awesome. We had 46+ diverse attendants (even though many neighbors and friends where at a Wedding or at other special events on the Island) Geological Engineer, Jim Johannessen and Biologist, Chris Fairbanks did an excellent job presenting their findings and recommendations. They are both such wonderful speakers.  People said they learned a lot and that it was a great meeting.  We didn’t have time to make any design plans so stay tuned. People even got excited.  What more can I ask for. And, we did take a video of the meeting if anyone is interested in seeing it.

 

The next step is seeing the final geological report and recommendations. We will schedule another meeting for community input in July after we discuss tentative plans with area landowners. Our Grant-funded Nearshore project intends to restore and enhance marine habitats around Lummi Island’s ferry landing and county beach while reducing water pollution and securing the shoreline bank from erosion.

 

Thank you to all who have helped. A special thanks to Land Surveyor Berry Herman for donating his time so we could have a professional survey for our project. Remember, all volunteered time, donated material and/or services count to satisfy the matching fund requirement of our grant.