Sign overlooking the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve at Gulf Road, with Bill Beers, Cherry Point Committee, and Baxter Seguin, Puget Sound Corps. Photo by Jamie Kilgo, DNR
By Wendy Steffensen, North Sound Baykeeper
I have worked with the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee for the past 3 years. They are a dedicated bunch of individuals who reach out to the community to educate others about the reserve, so designated by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to help highlight and protect its unique and intact habitat. The committee’s passion is infectious, their reasoning is rigorous, and their persistence is dogged.
But, to educate about the reserve, we need to first let people know that it exists. In order to do this, the group has held educational forums, talked to citizen groups, tabled at events, and hosted citizen science workshops and surveys. One of the simpler and more straight-forward tasks, posting place-based signs, has also been in the works.
We’re excited to announce that three signs will be posted at access or view points to the Reserve. The first sign has already been placed at the Gulf Road viewpoint – also the proposed site for the Gateway Pacific Terminal. The next two will be placed at Birch Bay and Point Whitehorn access points.
We hope that people will be inspired to learn more about the reserve, once they know it exists, and they will work to protect it, once they know it is a special place.
Thanks also goes to the DNR, who designated Cherry Point an Aquatic Reserve, helps support the committee in education and outreach activities, and designed and installed this sign and those to come!