Did you know that the West Bay Woods are the only thing standing between the heavily developed West Side and the most contaminated shoreline in Thurston County? Just this forest alone provides a vital service to the health of Budd Inlet. Most roads that dead-end into our upland shoreline forests have no storm drain. Help us build rain gardens to further reduce our urban runoff into Budd Inlet.
In the heronry, our work party season extends from August to February. At other locations, work parties are scheduled year round. Announcements will be posted on the web blog and on Facebook. If you would like to organize a work party in your neighborhood, let us know and we will help. Your hard work makes OlyEcosystems a community success. Our hard work is done in honor of our friend and founding board member, Patricia Pyle, without whom it may not have all been possible.
Our organization preserves, protects and restores thanks to a great number of dedicated volunteers. There are several opportunities to become involved with OlyEcosystems. Remove invasive plant species, plant native plants, spread mulch, do stream and trail restoration and more. You make a difference for the land and your community while having fun and connecting with friends and neighbors. No experience or tools necessary.
A small fraction of Olympia's stormwater is treated at the LOTT water treatment plant. Most of our stormwater empties either directly into Puget Sound or drains into our upland shoreline forests. We are constructing rain gardens and restoring the seasonal creeks in these woods to improve stormwater filtration. Benefits include runoff filtration to reduce pollution, recharging local groundwater, improving water quality, protecting Puget Sound, increasing beneficial insects that eliminate pest insects and creating habitat for fish, birds & butterflies.
OlyEcosystems leverages the best aspects of information technology to forcefully make the case for conservation and habitat restoration in our community. Field research, citizen science, data analytics, and geospatial information systems (GIS) are an integral part of our advocacy. Together we can make the case for replacing our resource economy with the restoration economy. Science helps us to understand where we most need to focus our efforts. Join us.
Healthy forests are critical to the health and vitality of our Budd Inlet / Deschutes River ecosystem. They provide food and shelter to wildlife, prevent damaging erosion and improve the water quality benefitting all surrounding life. Years of neglect, development and mismanagement have resulted in our nearshore urban forests being filled with invasive weeds and decreased wildlife habitat. We are currently restoring the West Bay woods by removing invasive species and replanting the understory with native shrubs, ground cover and trees.
Conservation intersects with with policy. To leverage our own work, we must successfully advocate for ecosystems preservation at the municipal, state and federal levels. Never has this been more true than today. There is no question that urban conservation is politically demanding. However, guided by science we can lead by showing our community the benefits of conservation and making it happen. Restoration is advocacy. Join us.