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 Open House on City Habitat Restoration Master Plan, Oct. 3, 6pm - 8pm

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The City of Bellingham is hosting a public open house on the draft Habitat Restoration Master Plan on Thursday, Oct. 3rd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Best Western Lakeway Inn, Mount Baker Room, 714 Lakeway Drive. All interested members of the public are encouraged to attend.

The City is developing this plan to help fulfill the vision of the Legacies and Strategic Commitments, which were adopted by the City Council in 2009. The plan will provide a science-based assessment of the restoration needs and opportunities city wide. When complete, the plan will be used to guide restoration and protection activities, support grant funding requests, facilitate communication and partnerships, and provide sound scientific information to inform policy decisions.

A technical assessment of existing conditions in the City has been completed, and individual watersheds have been ranked in terms of their restoration needs. At this point, the City is seeking public input on the work to date, feedback on the prioritization framework, and input on the social and economic considerations that should be taken into account moving forward. This input will help shape the vision for how the plan should be used.Northwest Salamander eggs

Renee LaCroix, Ecology and Restoration Manager for the Public Works Department, is leading the effort, along with a consultant team from ESA, Northwest Ecological Services, and Veda Environmental. The project has also benefited from the involvement and guidance of a Technical Advisory Group composed of restoration experts, governmental and environmental representatives. Following the incorporation of public input, the team anticipates submitting a final plan to City Council for review and consideration by the end of the year.

For more details, see the Habitat Restoration Master Plan page on the City's website, or contact Renee LaCroix, Project Manager, (360)778-7966, or rlacroix@cob.org.

Published:  September 27, 2013

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