Tillamook Estuaries Partnership (TEP) recently hosted a tour for the 26 partner organizations involved in the comprehensive Miami Wetlands Restoration Project.
More than forty individuals gathered on site to visit the project and wade through the dynamic transformation of the wetland. Across the 58-acre restoration area, 4,500 feet of new channels were created, 183 pieces of large woody debris were placed, and 19,000 native species planted. More than 39 acres were purchased by The Nature Conservancy and set aside as a protected reserve.
Before touring the construction areas, old utility corridor and pond site, partners met on the south side of the river, at the heart of the project, with Danny and Janna Crabb. The project has been growing and evolving since 2004, when the Crabb’s originally approached TEP to discuss developing a conservation plan and restoration project on their property along the south side of the Miami River.
The couple’s passion for the inherent beauty of the land and its unique contribution to the ecosystem inspired TEP to reach out to neighboring property owner Loren Parks, whose passion for healthy fish runs and habitats has led to multiple projects in Tillamook County and throughout Oregon. From there, partners continued to come on board, bringing skills and resources that created the large, comprehensive project that promises positive effects for water quality, fish habitat, and flooding mitigation.
The Miami Wetlands Restoration Project is a showcase project that highlights the mission of the TEP: “dedication to the restoration and conservation of Tillamook County’s estuaries and watersheds in their entirety." Private landowners, public agencies, private companies and non-profits all performed essential functions to develop and realize a complex, long term investment in the health and resiliency of the Miami wetland.
While the initial tour was focused on giving partners a chance to see the project in its entirety, future opportunities are in the works for guided tours that will be open to the public.
For more information about the Miami Wetlands Restoration Project, and TEP education, monitoring, attend a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Tillamook Bay Community College.The community is invited to join TEP Board and staff for a review of projects large and small, including an update on the water quality monitoring program, an overview of the Fan Creek Culvert Replacement, a visual recap of the Water Trail Speaker Series, and the focus and direction articulated through their strategic planning process.
This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Tillamook Bay Community College is located at 4301 Third Street in Tillamook. Contact Sierra at TEP with any questions: (503) 322-2222.
Tillamook Estuaries Partnership is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Garibaldi. Through water quality monitoring, habitat restoration, education and outreach, they support their mission of conservation and restoration of Tillamook County’s estuaries and watersheds in their entirety.