May 1, 2022

Join us for a FREE Vegetation Management Workshop and Beach Walk for Shoreline Landowners:  May 25, 2022, 10am-2pm at the SneeOosh Beach and Thousand Trails Meeting Room. To Register: Space is limited.

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Bulkheads, seawalls, and rock riprap along the shoreline, can disrupt the natural geological processes that form beaches and spawning habitat for forage fish. Hard shore armoring can damage delicate shoreline habitats that are crucial to the survival of many marine species and can worsen overall shoreline erosion.

In many cases, bulkheads are unnecessary and there are better, more natural alternatives to address bank erosion and drainage issues on shoreline properties.

The Shore Friendly Living Program promotes alternative strategies for shoreline residential properties that provide both the use and enjoyment of the property while promoting and maintaining the nearshore ecosystems for the support of fish and wildlife.

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Check out the Northwest Straits Foundation's Shore Friendly Living educational video series and resources for Shore Friendly Living:


May 1, 2022


Event sponsors:  Skagit Marine Resources Committee, the Northwest Straits Commission (NWSC), and Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (PBNERR)

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Invasive European Green Crab (EGC) are detrimental to native species and can negatively impact nearshore ecosystems.  EGC populations have been found in Samish Bay and Padilla Bay in Skagit County. The NWSC, SMRC, and PBNERR are working in collaboration to trap and remove EGC in Samish and Padilla Bays and provide education and outreach to help reduce the spread of this invasive species.  

Skagit Water Weeks Event- European Green Crab Presentation 

May 25, 2022 - 3:30 - 7:30pm

Terramar Brewery -Distillery

5712 Gilkey Avenue Bow, WA

Want to learn more about European Green Crab and the collaborative effort to trap and remove them in Samish and Padilla Bays? Join NW Straits Commission, Padilla Bay Reserve, and Taylor Shellfish staff on May 25, 2022 from 3:30-7:30pm at Terramar Brewstillery. There will be talks and educational booths on green crab, shellfish, and much more. Click here to learn more.

Staff from the NWSC andPBNERR teamed up to train a Washington Conservation Corps crew on trapping invasive European green crab in Skagit County. Be sure to check out the twitter and Instagram posts by the NWSC’s Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) crew and Northwest Straits Facebook page during the month of May! The WCC members will share what they’ve learned, marine water facts, green crab facts, and other interesting tidbits to shine a light into estuarine field work. 

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Additional European Green Crab Information Resources:







  • European Green Crab Trapping and Removal Effort in Drayton Harbor recorded webinar.

Bowman Bay Work Parties

April 30, 2022

Join us this summer for weekday maintenance at our beach restoration site at Bowman Bay, Deception Pass State Park.  In partnership with Washington State Parks, Skagit Marine Resources Committee, and Northwest Straits Foundation.

All events 10am-noon; bring garden gloves, or borrow ours!  Dress for the weather.

Work parties are schduled for the following dates:

Wednesday May 18 REGISTER


Monday June 27 REGISTER


Wednesday July 13 REGISTER


Monday August 8 REGISTER

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