Brief Summary of Jetty Island History
Thomas W. Murphy
Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School
May 6, 2008
More than 50,000 people annually come to a two-mile long, man-made island in Everett, Washington to relax on sandy beaches, wade in warm and shallow water, join guided nature hikes, watch wildlife, kayak around the perimeter and kite board with steady afternoon winds. Jetty Island is recognized today as one of Snohomish County’s top recreational and wildlife resources but if the founders of Everett had achieved their goals then the riprap jetty would have more closely resembled Seattle’s Harbor Island. Today’s Jetty Island is not only a top tourist destination but also a wildlife conservation area. Its sandy beaches, mud flat and salt water marshes provide important habitat not as readily available elsewhere in Snohomish River delta. It supports an abundance of wildlife, including bald eagles, Chinook salmon, osprey, bull trout, and blue heron. In fact, observers have identified 115 species of birds in the vicinity of the island. Everett’s treasured island may not have realized the potential envisioned by city founders but it stands in sharp contrast to Seattle’s Harbor Island, an industrialized and toxic Superfund site.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 2
Keywords: Everett, Washington, Jetty Island, Environmental Anthropology, Snohomish, Island, Ecology, Harbor Island, Conservation, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island, Kiwanis
JEL Classification: O14, Q25, Q26, Z10working papers series
Date posted: November 20, 2012
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