Port Gamble Bay | Debris Removal | Watershed Conservation | Former Mill Site
Former Mill Site Restoration Project
The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe holds development rights to 18.4 acres of land and about 4 acres of adjacent tidelands at nəxʷq̕íyt (Noo-Kayet) point, the former mill site across from Point Julia and the Tribal Center. PGST now holds a conservation easement on this purchase. This means that much of the former mill area is forever protected from development. Instead, it is now set aside for habitat and shoreline restoration.
Following closure of the mill, a major effort was made to clean up pollution it left behind. Cleanup of the beach and underwater areas is now complete. Cleanup on land is on-going. Substantial work will continue over the coming years, and perhaps into the 2030s.
Now, while cleanup of the land is still taking place, is the time to plan for what this area should become when the full project is done. PGST is working with many partners and stakeholders to develop a preferred Conceptual Design for the first draft restoration and recreation plan.
Roma Call, Environmental Program Manager
Megan Rohrssen, Environmental Outreach and Education Coordinator