2024 Caroline Gibson Scholars

New Shore Friendly Living Episode: “Trees & Views” is now live!

We are excited to share the next episode in our Shore Friendly Living video series, “Trees & Views”. This is the sixth video in the series, and the second that focuses on shoreline vegetation management presented by the Northwest Straits Foundation in partnership with Shore Friendly programs across Puget Sound. In this video you’ll hear from our partners in marine conservation and forest science as they discuss the benefits and management strategies of shoreline trees when it comes to protecting your property and honoring our beautiful coastlines.

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Our Commitment to

Restoring the Future


At the Northwest Straits Foundation, we’re Restoring the Future. One beach, one acre, one project at a time for a healthy and vibrant Salish Sea.

We work with a multitude of partners including tribes, nonprofit organizations, federal and state agencies, the Northwest Straits Commission and seven Marine Resources Committees (MRC) representing Clallam, Island, Jefferson, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties.

The Northwest Straits Foundation leads marine restoration projects in those counties. We mobilize local support and volunteers, work with the MRCs, and fundraise to support our work. Our Foundation provides project planning and management, technical and scientific guidance, and field support.

We serve a diverse population based upon the rural reach of our work, from socially and economically diverse rural communities to tribal coastal areas, and urban cities such as Bellingham and Everett.

Our marine restoration work serves everyone because the marine environment is a public resource. Thanks for joining us to Restore the Future!



Get Involved

We work alongside citizen volunteers to collect meaningful scientific data to better understand the health of our shorelines and the physical and biological responses to the shoreline restoration efforts.

What we do

We play a vital role in the Northwest Straits Initiative; leveraging funding for, and collaboration in, conservation and restoration projects that are important to our communities.

Our Impact 

We foster collaboration and participation to restore and protect marine resources of the Northwest Straits.

Acres of marine habitat restored

Volunteer hours

Derelict fishing nets removed

Community Engagement

Volunteers are our most valuable resource! Muddy boots, expert knowledge and boundless curiosity are intrinsic to the strong citizen science and marine stewardship that define the Northwest Straits Initiative. We love what we do, and anyone can participate.

Derelict Gear Program

By removing lost and abandoned crab pots, fishing nets, and other gear, our Derelict Fishing Gear program has helped restore more than 820 acres of precious marine environment, saving nearly 470,000 entangled animals annually.

Shore Friendly – Shoreline Landowner Program

Approximately 27% of our region’s shoreline is modified with armor. Reducing shoreline armoring is vital to restoring the health of the Northwest Strait’s ecosystem.

Beach & Nearshore Restoration

We’re improving nearshore habitat for salmon, bull trout, and forage fish, upgrading public access, and increasing the beach’s resilience to climate change.

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Northwest Straits Foundation
1155 N State St Ste 400
Bellingham WA 98225
(360) 733-1725