Refinery donates funds to Heron Center, NSEA schedules work party to plant trees

Published on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 by Brandy Kiger Shreve

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The BP Cherry Point Refinery donated another $10,000 to the Friends of Birch Bay State Park (FOBBSP) to complete the construction of the BP Heron Center for Environmental Education.

The center will house exhibits on wildlife native to the area and serve as an educational space for programs the state park hosts for visitors. 

The log cabin-style building will serve as an interpretive center, with space for use as an environmental classroom and 
meeting space, and an outdoor roofed section for picnicking. 

The building, while primarily intended as a classroom for environmental and ecological interpretation, will also be available for rent for group events.

The largest donations came from BP Cherry Point Refinery and Alcoa Intalco Works, which donated $105,000 and $25,000 respectively to get the project off the ground. Private citizens have made additional donations. 

The FOBBSP hopes the BP Heron Center will be the venue for the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce regular meeting on Tuesday, June 17. BP will present the program for that event. 

Before that, on Wednesday, March 19, FOBBSP will meet to prepare a business a plan and develop policies and procedures to manage, maintain, market and operate the BP Heron Center.

On Saturday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to noon, volunteers are requested to join the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and plant native trees around the BP Heron Center along Terrell Creek. For more information about volunteering, visit n-sea.org/work-parties. 

For more information about supporting the center, contact Doralee Booth at doraleeb@comcast.net.