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Natural Resources

Preserving our island resources

The Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District manages over 1,500 acres of property, with 1,200 considered natural areas. Natural areas are the home of many of Bainbridge Island’s recreational trails, view corridors, shoreline access points, nature preserves, conservation easements, and open areas. Additionally, our natural areas serve a vital role in community wellbeing, watershed health, and the fight against climate change. Therefore, ongoing restoration efforts in natural areas have focused on removing invasive plant species and replanting native vegetation. Subsequently, the Park District recently ramped up its restoration efforts by hiring our Natural Resource Manager Lydia Roush to leverage Park District resources, partner with local agencies and organizations, and develop long-range management plans for its natural areas.

Meet Lydia

Lydia Roush holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master in Environmental Studies. She has received the following honors:

  • 2020 recipient of the C. Gus Glasscock, Jr. Endowed Fund of Excellence in Environmental Sciences
  • 2014 recipient of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory Systems Young Scientist Award
  • Northshore Chapter of the Sigma Xi Research Society for excellence in research in 2013

Lydia has over nine years of experience managing natural areas and has studied aquatic, marine, and terrestrial environments.

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Stay tuned to learn more, or play an active role in preserving our island’s resources by volunteering with us!