Other Areas

Other Areas

POINT HEYER King County ownership, Years acquired: 2009-2010, Acres: 29.
In 2008, the Land Trust and King County began an ambitious and long-term effort to preserve the “feeder bluffs” along Vashon’s eastern shoreline north of Tramp Harbor that feed sand to KVI Beach. Visiting KVI at a very low tide yields a view of the exposed large sand bar to the east. This bar stays intact because sand falls off the bluffs north of KVI and is swept down the beach by tides and currents. The sand bar acts as a reef that protects the upper beach, which in turn protects Vashon’s largest saltmarsh. Some of the funding for these acquisitions comes from salmon recovery efforts, because endangered juvenile Chinook salmon are fond of popping into the marsh at KVI to find insects and other forage.

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