Lecture Series: Seahurst Park Ecosystem Restoration

‘Local Treasure’ Documentary

Local Treasure showcases the environmental benefits of the unique eco-project at Seahurst Park, Burien that took over ten years in the making.  The 20 minute documentary highlights how this collaborative project helped to restore the natural processes of the shoreline, creating a healthier ecosystem for Puget Sound salmon.  Local Treasure demonstrates how restoring a shoreline to a more natural state has the dual benefit of also enhancing community space along a shoreline for future generations to enjoy.

The film features interviews by local experts in the field such as Coastal Geologist Hugh Shipman, the Seattle Aquarium’s Nicole Killebrew, and former Mayor of Burien, Joan McGilton as well as time lapse photos of the construction project and footage of the re-opened park.  Local Treasure is produced by Christy X of Guerrilla Films Production and William Pierce of William Pierce Films. The documentary was made possible by support from the City of Burien, the Puget Sound Marine and Nearshore Grant Program, WRIA 9, King County, and Puget Sound Partnership.


Seahurst Park Ecosystem Restoration Lecture Series 

At over ¾ of a mile long, the Seahurst Park Ecosystem Restoration Project is the largest armor removal and beach restoration project on Puget Sound.  Initiated in 2001 by the City of Burien in partnership the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and many other funding partners, construction of the second phase is scheduled for completion in August of 2014.  Learn more about the Seahurst Beach Ecosystem Restoration Project.

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Tuesday, September 16th @ 6:30 pm          
Seahurst Park Ecosystem Restoration Project     
Presentation at ESC  by Peter Hummel, Landscape Architect 
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This presentation provided an overview of the Seahurst Park ecosystem restoration project covering its goals, objectives, unique challenges, and opportunities.  The presentation also described the context of the project in terms of the supporting studies, site conditions, and funding partners that led to implementation.  The presentation provides an overview of the different ecological underpinnings for the project, such as the upland and coastal geology, and nearshore  and terrestrial biology, that have drove the restoration design and will be covered in more detail in subsequent presentations.  Finally, the balance between strictly ecological restoration objectives and the realities of working in a heavily used park setting was explored.  The presentation was given by Peter Hummel of Anchor QEA who has been working with the City of Burien and the USACE since 2002 on leading the design of this project.

Sunday, September  21st @ 10 am          
Coastal Geology Guided Tour     
Site walk starting at ESC led by Jim Johannessen, Engineer Geologist

Participants took a guided site walk around the newly restored shoreline at Seahurst Park with Licensed Engineer Geologist Jim Johannessen.  They learned about the coastal geology of the Puget Sound, the important role it plays in our ecosystem, and the numerous benefits of removing the seawall.

Tuesday, September 23rd @ 6:30 pm          
Exploring Nearshore Habitat     
Presentation at ESC by Paul Schlenger , Principal Fisheries Biologist
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Guests gained an in depth understanding of the nearshore habitat and ecology at Seahurst Park as well as learned about the importance of nearshore habitat in our ecosystem and how important it is to restore this habitat for salmon and other species.  This lecture was presented by Paul Schlenger, a Principal Fisheries Biologist.

Tuesday, September 30th @ 6:30 pm             
Restoring the Ecosystems Where Land Meets Water     
Presentation at ESC by John Small, Landscape Architect
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The zones between land and river or stream, play an important role in our ecosystem.  They aid in preventing erosion, protecting water quality, providing habitat and wildlife corridors, and maintaining the health of in-stream aquatic organisms.  Learn about the importance of restoration projects to restore these zones such as the Seahurst Park shoreline restoration from Landscape Architect John Small.

Saturday, October 4th @ 10 am          
Hillside Geology Guided Tour     
Site walk starting at ESC led by Bill Laprade, Engineer Geologist

Take a site walk at Seahurst Park to explore the steep topography, which aids in the geologic process of erosion, providing a constant supply of sediment, vegetation, and nutrients to Puget Sound.  Learn about how this process influenced the design of the shoreline restoration at Seahurst Park with Engineering Geologist, Bill Laprade.

Thank you to our partners for the funding to make this lecture series possible!

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