Fisherman Bay Marsh and Beach Restoration (Lopez)

400 waterfront feet of salt marsh and tidal channel habitat restored through removal of outdated rock and wood ditches, dikes, and berms (2017).


The flow of tidal water, habitat for juvenile fish and other species, nutrients and woody debris are now improved through the restoration of the natural grade, vegetation, and connectivity between the salt marsh and the waters of Fisherman Bay.

– Tina Whitman, Friends’ Science Director

Friends of the San Juans worked with the San Juan County Land Bank and private landowners to remove unnecessary diking, ditches, and berms from coastal wetland channels and the lower marsh/upper beach interface along nearly 400 linear feet of shoreline. Site assessments, including cultural resource surveys, wetland reconnaissance and a biological evaluation were completed, along with final designs.

While most of the wetland has an intact and wide buffer of native grasses, shrubs, and trees, the area along the Land Bank preserve that had been historically farmed was still being mowed. As part of the project, a narrow buffer along the marsh edge was fenced and replanted with over 50 native shrubs and low trees including Nootka rose, low and tall Oregon grape, gooseberry, snowberry, black hawthorn, and serviceberry.

Project acknowledgements: Rain Shadow Consulting, Midnight’s Farm, Drayton Archaeological Research, Coastal Geologic Services, community volunteers, and Rozewood Environmental Services.

Funding was provided by: Friends members, The Rose Foundation for Community and the Environment, San Juan County Land Bank, the private landowners, and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service.