We are delighted to share a major victory for conservation in Olympia! The Olympia Coalition for Ecosystems Preservation (OlyEcosystems) has just acquired two additional land parcels that are adjacent to the West Bay Woods Heronry.
Through a major award from the Thurston County Conservation Futures Program, support from the community and landowners, and the second conservation easement in the City’s 150-year history, OlyEcosystems protected 1.5 acres of forested land along West Bay Drive. OlyEcosystems and the City now have conserved over ten contiguous acres, establishing the heart of an urban wildlife corridor in Olympia’s nearshore. This acquisition and these sustaining partnerships ensure that one of the last upland shoreline forests in Olympia’s urban core remains protected in perpetuity.
OlyEcosystems was created three years ago to support community interest in protecting Olympia’s Pacific Great Blue Heron colony. A generous private donation secured the land on which the heron’s nests are located. However, a proposed townhome development and access easement next to the Heronry would have impacted the heron’s ability to nest and fledge young. With this summer’s conservation victory, those imminent threats have been removed. Many steps remain to establish sustainable, connected riparian, forest, and nearshore ecosystems throughout Olympia, but we are excited to share this important milestone with you.
OlyEcosystems works in close coordination with community members, local agencies, and other non-profit groups to fuel and and fund our work. Please ensure the conservation of wilderness in our midst by becoming a Friend of OlyEcosystems. We are grateful for your support.
The Olympia Coalition for Ecosystems Preservation was established in 2014 to protect, preserve, and restore the diverse ecosystems of Olympia, Washington that include the freshwater, shoreline, tidal waters, and upland forests that are home to the Pacific Great Blue Heron, cutthroat trout, salmon, and companion species. In coordination with community members, local agencies, and other non- profit groups, we work to ensure that these ecosystems remain vital in perpetuity. OCEP is organized exclusively for the above purpose under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code or any corresponding section of any future tax code. To learn more, visit www.olyecosystems.org or follow https://www.facebook.com/OlyEcosystems