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Coastal Program Highlights

Veterans and prison inmates restore one of the rarest habitats in the United States

Island County, Washington | 2014

A landscape-scale conservation effort is restoring coastal prairies and the threatened Golden paintbrush by converting abandoned agricultural fields to prairie in Puget Sound, Washington. This effort is using seeds grown by the South Puget Sound Conservation Nursery Program, which employs military veterans and provides training for prison inmates through the Sustainability in Prisons Project.

The Coastal Program provided technical and financial assistance for the planning, design, and implementation of the restoration. Monitoring by the Coastal Program has documented that the Golden paintbrush population is expanding at the restoration site. Other partners included Pacific Rim Institute, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, and University of Washington.

Cover photo: Golden paintbrush, Ted Thomas | USFWS
Inset photo: Golden paintbrush collage | Sustainability in Prison program & USFWS