During my Hershman fellowship at The Nature Conservancy I have had the opportunity to work on bringing people more into the picture for the Washington Coast Restoration Initiative (WCRI). If you aren’t familiar with the program, WCRI was developed with the intention to create an avenue for project funding along the Washington Coast where restoration impacts can be tremendous, economies are struggling, and potential funding sources are limited. Projects proposed in WCRI are anticipated to have direct benefits for both the local community and the local environment. This year, the WCRI proposal includes a request for funding of about $12.5 million from the State Capital Budget, with nearly 18 projects that span the entire coast.
The WCRI package shows the abundant needs, potential and benefits of restoration projects on the Washington Coast. The WCRI approach is to ensure these projects have a direct and lasting benefit to the local ecosystems, economies, and communities.
As deadlines for submitting the final packet for WCRI are approaching, you can find updated information on the progress of this study and other aspects of WCRI on Washington Nature Conservancy’s blog at http://www.washingtonnature.org/marine/coastalrestoration/main/.