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Island County Shore Friendly

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We recently partnered with Island County Salmon Recovery to send out a mailer to shoreline property owners in priority salmon recovery areas! Scroll down to see the resources and information referenced in the mailer.

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Island County Salmon Recovery website 

Sign up for a free, non-regulatory Shore Friendly site visit!

About Shore Friendly

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!

Are you concerned about your shoreline property? Would you like to learn more about natural techniques to protect your property and the shoreline habitat you. love? We work with technical professionals who can provide site-specific information about your shoreline property and give recommendations on how to address shoreline erosion, vegetation management, drainage concerns, and even structure relocation to help you protect your property and Puget Sound. Click here to sign up for a site visit!

Educational Materials

Island County has developed materials to help Island County residents learn about their options for protecting their shoreline homes and properties by considering natural beach and soft shore options. Check out our materials below, as well as our page of resources for more information:

Project Funding

This project has been funded wholly or in part by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program.

Shore Friendly Mini-Grant Program

Shoreline landowners around Island County want to protect their properties while also protecting the fish, wildlife, and shoreline habitats of Puget Sound. We are excited to announce that Island County shoreline landowners are invited to apply for funding through the Island County Shore Friendly Mini-Grant program to enhance nearshore habitat and prevent the need for hard shoreline armor.
Mini-grant amounts will range from $500-$5,000, and can be used towards the following project types. Get started by signing up for a site visit!

Project Types:
Projects must be in the support of either the removal of shoreline armoring or prevention of future shoreline armoring.
  • Bulkhead removal
  • Soft shore protection
  • Native vegetation installation
  • Drainage management
  • House or septic relocation
Eligible Activities:
  • Consulting services
  • Project design
  • Permitting fees
  • Project implementation

To learn more about the program and eligible activities, click here.

To discuss your project or for more information, contact Ann Prusha.

Ready to get started? Click here.

Shore Friendly Living Video Series

Learn more about what it means to be Shore Friendly in this video series from our partners at the Northwest Straits Foundation

In the first video of the series, 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 second video, we learn about the erosion process, and how our well-intentioned efforts to prevent erosion can have negative effects on both the ecology and geology of the beach.


In the third video, we explore a bigger picture of the marine ecosystem by learning about the connections among all of the species that use the shoreline, and how bulkheads and other forms of shoreline armoring can disrupt that ecological balance.


The fourth video provides a big picture perspective on why vegetation matters. More vegetation videos are anticipated, and will focus on native plants, managing invasives, and managing vegetation for views.


How can I protect and enjoy my shoreline property while also promoting a healthy ecosystem?

In the video below, local residents and a coastal geologist share about the environmental, recreational, and aesthetic benefits of natural and restored beaches. 

Dive deeper with these resources!

In this webinar from the Northwest Straits Foundation, learn how you can protect and maintain your shoreline property and access while also protecting the fish, wildlife and habitats that we all enjoy.


Are you ready to learn about the uses of native vegetation for shoreline stabilization and habitat? This webinar from Northwest Straits Foundation is an excellent place to get started!


This lecture, Living Near the Edge of the Salish Sea, is an excellent resource, and is available in PDF form. " The web-lecture provided here can perhaps help you to better understand your property’s unique character and show you how to reduce the inherent risks of living along the picturesque shores of the Salish Sea."