Habitat Restoration Master Plan
The City of Bellingham is in the process
of developing a Habitat Restoration Master Plan (Master Plan) for all areas
within the city limits and urban growth area, with the exception of the Lake
Whatcom watershed. The purpose of the Master Plan is to develop a
science-based plan that will provide a prioritization framework for the
preservation, restoration, and recovery of the City's terrestrial, aquatic
and riparian habitats. The Master Plan will support the City's adopted
legacies regarding Clean, Safe Drinking Water and a Healthy Environment.
Technical Advisory Group is providing
support and assistance to the project team.
- Provide habitats suitable to support a diversity of species
including commercially important species and ESA-listed species.
- Ensure that City policies and projects are coordinated to
maximize efforts towards habitat protection and restoration.
- Promote a sustainable ecosystem by facilitating natural system
- Preserve and restore a citywide fish and wildlife habitat
network that would include corridors and reserve areas necessary to
support and perpetuate representative species and habitat diversity.
- Identify and prioritize limiting factors, threats, and
stresses to priority species and ecosystem components.
- Identify strategies and actions.
Opportunities for input
An public Open House on the HRMP was held October 3, 2013 at the Best
Western Lakeway Inn. Below are the materials that were presented:
Open House Invitation (PDF)
Open House PowerPoint presentation (4,194K PDF)
Habitat-type Forest (2,730K PDF)
Habitat-type Meadow (2,160K PDF)
Habitat-type Riverine (2,328K PDF)
Habitat-type Wetlands (2,162K PDF)
Quadrants - Northeast (3,055K PDF)
Quadrants - Northwest (3,584K PDF)
Quadrants - Southeast (2,374K PDF)
Quadrants - Southwest (2,928K PDF)
Functional Rating - Forest (1,294K PDF)
Functional Rating - Meadow (1,594K PDF)
Functional Rating - Riverine (2,871K PDF)
Functional Rating - Wetland (4,026K PDF)
The Plan will be used to:
- Inform restoration and protection activities;
- Facilitate improved communication and partnerships and create
opportunities to leverage additional funding; and
- Provide sound scientific information to inform policy
decisions on the local and regional scale.
The Master Plan will identify and prioritize at least 20 actions that can be implemented in the next 10 to
15 years based on designated use, seriousness of the impairment, potential
beneficial project effect, project access/ownership, and cost.
Timeframe: April 2012 to December 2013
- Project lead: City of Bellingham (Renee La Croix, Ecology and
Restoration Manager, Public Works,
email@example.com, (360) 778-7966)
- Consultant team:
- Environmental Science Associates (ESA)
- Northwest Ecological Services (technical assistance)
- Veda Environmental (Advisory Group coordination and
Additional Habitat Restoration Information