The 100 acre SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve (SHADOW) is an environmental protection center in South East King County; one of the last reaming peat bogs in King County, for 20 years SHADOW has provided access to green space, environmental education, land stewardship, and environmental outreach. In 2018, SHADOW hosted 45 schools and organizations through its Wilderness Adventure Program and held 30 Community Education events, and is now partnering with Natural Resources Conservation Service and King Conservation District to begin a restoration project in SHADOW’s upland habitat. The upland habitat restoration will provide several community stewardship and education opportunities during this year and beyond to protect Puget Sound water quality and watershed health. Through this highly shaded headwater system, SHADOW provides cool, clean water to Big Soos Creek, a salmon bearing system within the Green/Duwamish watershed (WRIA 9), meaning that its waters ultimately flow into the Puget Sound at Elliott Bay in Seattle. Funding will help defray current restoration projects focused on restoring natural forest canopy of mixed conifer and hardwood stand, increasing canopy water retention and improving groundwater recharge throughout the property’s wetland systems. Over the next 40 years our upland restoration will have an estimated carbon sequestration of 1,871,929 pounds and have avoided approximately 1,388,439 gallons of water runoff.
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Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, 2019