The goal of the Island County Shore Friendly project is to promote alternative strategies for shoreline residential properties that provide both the use and enjoyment of the property while promoting and maintaining the nearshore ecosystems for the support of fish and wildlife.
Sign Up For a Site Visit!
Join us on Wednesday, March 17, from 4-6pm to get an introduction to coastal processes and habitats in Island County. This workshop will also provide breakout sessions focused on your specific type of shoreline (high bluff, medium bank, or low-no bank). This program is presented through the Northwest Straits Foundation and Island County's Shore Friendly programs, as well as the Island County Marine Resources Committee, in our ongoing work to provide resources for shoreline landowners and anyone interested in learning more about this place we all love.
This project has been funded wholly or in part by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program.
To learn more about the program and eligible activities, click
To discuss your project or for more information, contact
To submit a mini-grant application, click
Learn more about what it means to be Shore Friendly in this video from our partners at the Northwest Straits Foundation. In this video, coastal geologist, Hugh Shipman guides us on a virtual beach walk to learn about the geology and physical processes that create and maintain our beaches. As we explore how beaches form and change over time, we’ll also learn how these processes determine who and what utilize the shoreline and make it their home.
In the video below, local residents and a coastal geologist share about the environmental, recreational, and aesthetic benefits of natural and restored beaches.