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April 21, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Nisqually River dike removal

Consequences for wildlife, predators

I have read the article by Lynda Mapes about the Nisqually dike, as well as other articles [“Farewell, trail,” NW Wednesday, April 15]. While I don’t dispute the intent of reverting the dike-enclosed part of the refuge to estuary, I am unconvinced that the timing is well thought-out.

With this inundation comes the loss of uplands habitat that supports voles and other small mammals, which in turn feed a number of predatory birds — owls, hawks, etc. It makes no sense whatsoever to flood this upland with saltwater at the height of the breeding and feeding season.

Yet the refuge presents a very loosely defined timeline for breaching the dike and flooding the uplands and appears to have minimal interest in the consequences for predatory wildlife, especially when young are being fed.

— Glen Buschmann, Olympia

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