The northern portion of the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary has been designated as site 7 by regulatory agencies for the purpose of creating a wetland bank. Site 7 is the second wetland bank that was created in the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary. A wetland bank allows developers or other agencies to purchase wetland credits to offset impacts to wetlands in other areas.
In 2015, the City of Blaine contracted with Critical Connections Ecological Services to start the process of developing a restoration plan for the norther portion of the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary. This portion is approximately 180 acres of open space that will remain as open space forever. Restoration work started in 2017. Restoration work included the removal of invasive, non-native species. Methods used during restoration included, tree removal, prescribed burns, and targeted herbicide treatment. In 2020 the restoration work will turn to long term management of the site.
The money generated by the wetland bank will be used for maintaining and updating the city's parks, trails, and open spaces.
Current Restoration/Maintenance Activity
This restoration and maintenance work is funded through the city’s open space fund.
A crew and chipper are scheduled to chip and remove the brush on the east side of the island with the asphalt path. Work will start October 21, 2020 if weather allows.
This work does not require closing of the entire trail, just the eastern leg of the loop on that island.
Work will include cutting burn breaks along the boardwalk and clearing vegetation growing into the boardwalk in the weeks to come.
Burn breaks involve mowing a path that contain the fire within its boundaries.
If a burn can be accomplished this fall, notice will be provided to the community through social media and to those who have signed up to receive notifications about the BWS.
If a burn cannot be accomplished, the area will be set up with breaks for a spring burn.
A partial fall burn and the rest in the spring, is another likely scenario.
This work is required maintenance to meet the wetland bank permit requirements.