Bringing back historic Shelton Harbor

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The Shelton Harbor project is a multi-year habitat restoration effort in the bay and along the shoreline that will bring back ecological health while at the same time, protecting industry along the harbor.

Capitol Land Trust, Mason Conservation District, Port of Shelton, Sierra Pacific, Simpson Lumber, South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group, and the Squaxin Island Tribe are working to restore salmon habitat in downtown Shelton .While restoring salmon habitat along the shorelines of the Shelton industrial waterway, the restoration project would not impact any commercial activity there.

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The first part of the project will involve the construction of logjams at the mouth of the creek. The log structures are designed to capture sediment, which would correct a massive incising of the creek that began in the 1990s when a ferry dock was removed from the waterfront.

A proposed next phase would include new sand and gravel being deposited near the creek mouth, allowing a natural intertidal area to develop. This intertidal habitat would connect with the newly restored creek. As we reverse the incising, sediment leaving the creek will hopefully deposit near its mouth, creating a natural salt-marsh habitat.

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Also part of the project is the purchase and permanent protection of 14 acres of salmon habitat on Eagle Point. The property includes a two acre freshwater wetland, four acres of tideland, eight acres of riparian upland and 1,600 feet of marine shoreline.