Puyallup Tribe, state officials to dedicate 26-acre Port of Tacoma habitat

Puyallup Tribe of Indian drums will beat a welcome song to salmon and other wildlife at the July 20 dedication of a new 26-acre habitat site located at 1621 Marine View Drive along Hylebos Creek in Tacoma. Tribe and state officials will help the Port of Tacoma unveil the tidally-influenced site with a Twulshootseed name that means “Place of Circling Waters.” To build the $13.6 million salmon-friendly site, the Port reclaimed a former gravel mine, removed more than 250,000 tons of contaminated material, created intertidal channels to benefit salmon and other wildlife, and planted 35,000 native trees and shrubs. While most of the site is fenced off to protect the habitat and wildlife, a paved walkway leads from the parking area to a publicly accessible overlook. Wednesday’s event will include returning an artifact found during construction to Tribe officials, a Puyallup Tribe singer, and brief remarks from Puyallup Tribe of Indians officials, State Sen. Derek Kilmer and Tacoma Port Commission President Connie Bacon. For more information, vist http://www.portoftacoma.com/hylebos-creek .

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Port of Tacoma’s Hylebos Creek restoration project takes shape (02/18/11) — http://www.tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=88&cat=23&id=1927495&more=0