MAY 16TH 2009
PLANTING BEGINS FOR THE LUMMI ISLAND FERRY LANDING
NEARSHORE ENHANCEMENT PROJECT
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.
PAT DUNN AND COLLEEN BERG ENJOY VOLUNTEERING BY PLANTING NATIVE
PLANTS ALONG THE LUMMI ISLAND FERRY LANDING SHORELINE.
BOBBIE AND MALCHOLM HUTCHINGS VOLUNTEER PLANTING NATIVE
PLANTS ALONG THE LUMMI IS. FERRY LANDING
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER WYNNE
LEE HAPPILY PLANTS AN OREGON
GRAPE SHRUB. ALONG THE LUMMI
IS. FERRY LANDING.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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.
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.