*SWS Speaker Series: Loren Brokaw of WDFW on Leque Island Restoration

As of 3-12-2020, Camano Center on Arrowhead is closed until further notice due to Covid-19 precautions. IF the Center can re-open by 4/29 and the speaker can still make it to the event, we will also post that info here. IF we can reschedule it to a future date, we will post notice here.

Sound Water Stewards-Camano Speaker Series Presents:
From Island to Tidal Marsh: The Leque Island Estuary Restoration Project
with Loren Brokaw, WDFW on Wed, April 29, at Camano Community Center on Arrowhead

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! When Loren presented in January 2020, the Camano Library was overflowing. He agreed to come back and we found a larger venue!

Where did all that water come from that you now see as you cross the bridge connecting Camano Island to Stanwood? After removing the dike surrounding Leque Island on October 14, 2019, the first high tide entered the 250-acre area of Leque Island in 135+ years. This marked the beginning of the land transitioning back to an intertidal marsh. In this informative talk by Loren Brokaw, Restoration Projects Coordinator for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in the North Puget Sound region, you will:

  • Learn about the history and future of the Leque Island Estuary Restoration Project.
  • Discover how the project benefits species that rely on estuary habitat during their life cycle, including salmon, shorebirds, waterfowl and more.
  • Find out about a new 0.7 mile long elevated walking trail and a non-motorized boat launch to allow people to enjoy the site.

Leque Island, west of Stanwood between Port Susan and Skagit bays, was once entirely saltwater marsh. Loren led the project to restore it and protect Stanwood in the process. 

Loren Brokaw is the Restoration Projects Coordinator for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) in the North Puget Sound region, which extends from the Washington/Canada border down to just South of Seattle. Loren manages habitat restoration projects on WDFW lands to restore natural processes to benefit fish, wildlife, and their habitats. Much of his work involves partnering with local organizations, planning and executing stakeholder outreach plans, and securing grant funding to achieve habitat restoration. Loren was born and raised in Stanwood and his family has lived in the Stanwood Camano area for five generations.

Description: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), Ducks Unlimited, and local contractor Strider Construction completed construction of the Leque Island Estuary Restoration Project in late 2019. This unit of the Skagit Wildlife Area is now re-opened to the public with two parking areas with water access.

Watch a video of breaching the dikes to open the estuary. 

Contact: Scott Chase