Celebrating 30 Years
Looking back over the past 30 years of conservation and restoration work that HCSEG has accomplished reminds me that none of this work could be possible without the support of our volunteers, interns, members, partners, supporters and landowners. Our collective achievements show that having healthy and clean water for our wildlife is important to all of us who enjoy life on the Hood Canal. Thirty years of this success is certainly a milestone worthy of a healthy celebration!
While the pandemic has been very difficult for everyone, I have been astonished by the dedication of my board of directors, our staff, AmeriCorps members, interns and volunteers who have continuously adapted to change, showed up and risen to the challenge every day.
In spite of the pandemic, HCSEG’s accomplishments continued to grow. In 2020, we planted over 11,000 trees and shrubs in riparian areas throughout Hood Canal. These plants, along with the thousands of other plants we installed over the past 30 years, will not only grow to provide shade and healthy habitat for our waterways; they will help us combat climate change through the absorption of billions of pounds of carbon dioxide throughout their lives.
Since 1990, we have also worked to protect and restore over 450 acres of habitat that is critical to the survival of multiple aquatic and terrestrial species. The protection of this habitat not only preserves wild spaces for future generations, but also gives HCSEG the ability to restore the habitat to its historic function. In 2020, HCSEG completed two key acquisitions totaling 13 acres in the Big Quilcene area which is providing a pathway forward for our Quilcene and estuary restoration project in the coming years.