West Sound Lead Entity Management Area
West Sound Partners for Ecosystem Recovery
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West Sound Partners for Ecosystem Recovery (WSPER) brings together citizens and organizations that form a collaborative backbone to promote Puget Sound ecosystem health and salmon recovery. Partners include Native American Tribes, cities, counties, local non-profits, fisheries enhancement groups, conservation districts, businesses, and community groups and citizens.
WSPER is the Lead Entity for salmon recovery in eastern WRIA 15 and the Local Integrating Organization (LIO) for the North Central Action Area in Puget Sound. The geographic boundary for the Lead Entity encompasses eastern WRIA 15 including the islands of McNeil, Fox, Ketron, Bainbridge, Blake, Herron and Anderson, and excludes Vashon-Maury Island and Hood Canal. The geographic boundary for the LIO extends from Foulweather Bluff in the northern tip of Kitsap Peninsula to the Tacoma Narrows in south Puget Sound.
WSPER works to develop local recovery strategies and recruit organizations to implement the strategies through on-the-ground projects. WSPER Lead Entity is included in three chapters of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan: East Kitsap, South Sound, and Nearshore. WSPER LIO developed its Ecosystem Recovery Plan in 2015, which serves to coordinate and implement strategies and actions for stormwater management, shellfish bed recovery, and salmon habitat recovery.
WSPER recently completed a nearshore prioritization tool to inform marine shoreline protection and restoration projects. Members and partners are working on strategy updates to include freshwater goals and strategies. The Suquamish Tribe is taking the lead in developing a recovery plan for the East Kitsap Steelhead Demographically Independent Population, which will include actions for local partners to incorporate into their plans.
WSPER implements salmon habitat protection and restoration projects to achieve the watersheds’ priority recovery goals:
To restore Estuaries:
Carpenter Creek Estuary Restoration
To advance salmon recovery:
Chico Creek Salmon Park Habitat Restoration
To protect Riparian Areas:
West Bainbridge Riparian and Shoreline Protection
To remove shoreline armor:
through supporting private citizen restoration projects
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