Restoring Wild Places
Healthy habitat makes for healthy wildlife. This is a fact – and that’s why it is a park goal to to improve and maintain habitat inside the park and in the broader community. Here’s what is being done right now:
Habitat restorationNorthwest Trek strives to maintain quality habitat for wildlife both inside the park and out. Improvements have been made to the park’s five miles of nature trails, clearing out pockets of diseased trees and replanting for a healthier more diverse forest. Plans for the restoration of a large wetland on the recently purchased 100 acres are now in the process of being implemented. The park also partners with the Nisqually Land Trust to help improve four Pierce County sites owned by the nonprofit organization.
NatureMappingPark staff and many volunteers help monitor wildlife and collect data about the number of animals – from ladybugs to eagles – at conservation sites throughout Pierce County. This information helps scientists gauge the health of the habitats and assists the community in making decisions about future land use.
Amphibian surveysAmphibians are excellent ecosystem monitors – if their populations are changing, you can bet something is happening in the habitat. That’s why park staff routinely survey the grounds for eight different species: rough skinned newts, northwestern salamanders, long-toed salamanders, western toads, Oregon spotted frogs, red legged frogs, pacific tree frogs and bull frogs. This data is regularly reported to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The park also trains volunteers to do these surveys and collect data for WDFW.
To learn more about habitat restoration, NatureMapping workshops and amphibian surveys – or to volunteer – contact Jessica Moore at 360.832.7160 or Jessica.Moore@nwtrek.org.