Tag: Elwha River Restoration

Gateway to the Olympic Peninsula

Sequim is the Gateway to the Olympic PeninsulaAs we settle into 2017, it’s time to start looking at and appreciating the charmed life we lead in Sequim. If you don’t already live here, perhaps it’s time you join us? There are many significant reasons to move to Sequim. The obvious one that most people talk about is weather, and the infamous “blue hole” in which Sequim resides. While that is certainly fantastic and an important part to life here, that’s not all there is. Sequim is also considered a gateway to all of the incredible destinations further west on the Olympic Peninsula.  In Sequim, you get all of the amenities of modern life:  High quality doctors, good schools, a vibrant community culture, plenty of stores and restaurants, and an active retired community. From there, your journey is only just beginning.  Continue Reading

Witness The Elwha River Restoration

Elwha River Restoration near Sequim, WashingtonThough we focus primarily on the many wonderful facets to living in the charming Sequim-Dungeness Valley, we can’t ignore the broader beauty and attractions on the Olympic Peninsula. Though locally we are very familiar with the mighty Dungeness River, the nearby Elwha River has become one of the most significant rivers on the Olympic Peninsula.  As all rivers ultimately do, the Elwha River, just west of our neighbor Port Angeles, was a critical connection between mountains and Sea.  It was once an ideal habitat for 11 different varieties of spawning salmon and trout.  In the early 1900’s, two dams were placed on the upper and lower portions of the river, thus helping to fuel rapid growth and change on the Peninsula.  Unfortunately, until their removal between 2011-2014, these dams drastically impacted the upstream migration of local salmon populations, and disrupted the natural flow of the river and upstream sediments. Continue Reading