A recent article in the Union-Bulletin appears to give sole credit for the Wetland Restoration project on Reser Road to the Blue Mountain Land Trust.
While we are proud of our participation in the project and excited about the opportunity it provides to restore wetland habitat, we are just one member of a larger group that is restoring the site and protecting it for the future.
This project is the result of the efforts of a number of local organizations including the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Tri State Steelheaders, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Walla Walla County Conservation District, the Blue Mountain Land Trust and the landowners. It is funded by the Washington state Department of Transportation to mitigate impacts of construction of the new U.S. Highway 12, phase 6.
Each member of the group brings a certain area of expertise to project development and implementation. In this way we have been able to utilize the skills present in each organization to develop the project proposal, plan, design and implement the restoration and develop the conservation easement that will provide perpetual protection of land.
This project is a perfect example of how local agencies and landowners can work together to deliver long-term benefits to our community. We are happy to be part of this team effort and look forward to more successful projects in the future.