Wetlands are one of the most important, and most overlooked, parts of a healthy environment. For years, both farmers and developers have spent millions of dollars draining and filling wetlands, but these areas provide critical habitat for birds and wildlife. Wetlands are a vital resource for the region’s rivers and streams, helping to store runoff and mitigate floods, then releasing that water over time during dry periods.
The Blue Mountain Land Trust and the Tri-State Steelheaders have worked together to restore a wetland area near Walla Walla, bringing some of these benefits back to the area. In what used to be a wet patch of empty field east of town, the Steelheaders created a twenty-acre wetland that provides a haven for birds and wildlife and feeds clean water into Russell Creek. BMLT’s conservation easement on the property ensures that these benefits are maintained forever.
Brian Burns, Executive Director of Tri-State Steelheaders, will talk about how the restoration work was designed and accomplished, and Jason Bulay, BMLT’s Conservation Director, will discuss how the conservation easement on the property protects against future changes in land use and benefits both the landowner and the environment.
This event is made possible by the generous support of Eastern Washington Dermatology.