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Habitat Restoration Master Plan

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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.  A Technical Advisory Group is providing support and assistance to the project team.

Project Objectives:

  1. Provide habitats suitable to support a diversity of species including commercially important species and ESA-listed species.
  2. Ensure that City policies and projects are coordinated to maximize efforts towards habitat protection and restoration.
  3. Promote a sustainable ecosystem by facilitating natural system processes.
  4. 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.
  5. Identify and prioritize limiting factors, threats, and stresses to priority species and ecosystem components.
  6. 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:

The Plan will be used to:

  1. Inform restoration and protection activities;
  2. Facilitate improved communication and partnerships and create opportunities to leverage additional funding; and
  3. 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

Pileated Woodpecker


Project Team

Additional Habitat Restoration Information

M 8/27/2015

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