NWI: Purchase protects Discovery Creek headwaters – PDN and others

A little behind on this news. Congratulations to Northwest Watershed Institute and everyone else who helped pull this off!

Ninety-one acres of forest and streams at the headwaters of Discovery Creek, a major tributary to Dabob Bay in East Jefferson County, have been acquired by Northwest Watershed Institute from Rayonier. The project completes preservation of nearly the entirety of Discovery Creek, which is the second largest freshwater source to Tarboo-Dabob Bay.


Microsoft Word – Discovery Ck acquisition May 27 2022.docx (nwwatershed.org)

Dabob Bay Public Hearing – July 26, 2021

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has scheduled a public hearing to get your input about protecting the state forests of Dabob Bay!

Right now, DNR proposes to preserve 820 acres of state forestland within a portion of the Dabob Bay Natural Area that was expanded in 2016.

The legislature approved funding for this transaction in 2019 and the public comment period is the final step to permanently conserve the state forest as part of the Natural Area and reimburse the timber trusts.

Now is the critical moment to show support:

What:   Public Hearing (in person, masked/distanced)

When:  6:00 PM, Monday, July 26 (arrive early to sign in to speak)

Where: Quilcene School Multipurpose Room (gym)

Please come in person if you can, but a zoom webinar is available for those who wish to attend online. Register at:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

AND please also E-MAIL COMMENTS to DNR at exchanges@dnr.wa.gov(include “Dabob Bay” in the subject line) AND cc Jefferson County Commissioners at jeffbocc@co.jefferson.wa.us


Talking points for your email:

I support DNR’s proposed protection of state forestlands within the Dabob Bay Natural Area boundaries.
I request that School Trust parcels CS 6,7, 11, 12, and 13 on the Toandos Peninsula NOT be including in the exchange as these involve globally rare forest types that DNR is obligated to protect and which are proposed for conservation.

Northwest Watershed Institute study suggests reason behind eagle gathering at Dabob Bay – PDN

The Peninsula Daily News has a story about a new research paper created by Peter Bahls of the Northwest Watershed Institute (NWI).  Bahls and biologist Heather Gordon wrote the paper, “Bald Eagles, Oyster Beds, and the Plainfin Midshipman: Ecological Relationships in Dabob Bay,” which explores the relationship of eagles, oyster beds and a kind of forage fish called the Plainfin Midshipman. Read this fascinating story about what new research by the NWI has shown about the relationships, and how the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe are working with the data to better protect the eagles and the spawning fish.




DNR buys lands around Taylor Shellfish hatchery for long-term conservation – PT Leader

I missed this story. More good news from DNR, Taylor Shellfish and the Northwest Watershed Institute. Moving forward on protecting shorelines that are key to aquaculture  from development. We need cooperative agreements where the habitat calls for it.

On Sept. 17, Taylor Shellfish Farms sold four undeveloped shoreline parcels, totaling 15 acres, to the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for preservation as part of the Dabob Bay Natural Area, according to a press release.

Dabob Bay Aquatic Reserve Proposal Withdrawn by DNR

This was sent to me today.  Looks like someone had some significant concerns. More to come…

This email is in regard to the Department of Natural Resources’ proposed Aquatic Reserve at Dabob Bay. The reserve proposal is being withdrawn at this time.  DNR is withdrawing the proposal based on significant concerns that were expressed during early outreach to key stakeholders. State-owned aquatic lands will continue to be managed to provide a high level of resource protection in Dabob Bay.

I’m happy to answer any further questions you have.

Thank you,

Birdie Davenport

Aquatic Reserves Program Manager

Department of Natural Resources

Aquatic Resources Division

On Dabob Bay, man and nature nurture preservation – Seattle Times

Nice overview of the environmental story in Dabob Bay, reported by Ron Judd, with quotes from local environmental leader Peter Bahl, Chris Davis of the Nature Conservancy and Taylor Shellfish’s Bill Dewey.

I love Dabob Bay, it represents one of the few nearly pristine bays on the Salish Sea. (I disagree with Mr. Judd that it’s in “Puget Sound”, as most of us who have lived and sailed here for a long time, know that Hood Canal has always been considered a separate body of water from Puget Sound, as are the Straits. That’s why the naming of the Salish Sea was added). The bay is wonderfully quiet, and little of the houses can be seen from shore, giving the look of almost wilderness to it.

“Few places in the Northwest boast the odd mix of ingredients — man, mollusk, mammal and military — found in the deep mixing bowl that is Dabob Bay.”

Read the whole story at:

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