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Sound Native Plants is proud of over 30 years of service to our community. We manage restoration and green stormwater infrastructure projects all over western Washington and northwest Oregon. Below please find a highlighted selection of our hard work.

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McAllister Creek Streambank Stabilization

Olympia, WA, 2004

Designed and installed a streambank stabilization project along 80 lineal feet of tidal-influenced McAllister Creek. The bank was rebuilt in layers wrapped in slope-reinforcing geotextile blankets. Live cuttings of native willows and red osier dogwood were installed between each layer. The shoulder of the slope was planted with container-grown native plants.


McLane Point Habitat Restoration

Olympia, WA, 2002-2004

Designed and installed habitat restoration measures for streams and uplands associated with a salt marsh on Puget Sound. Measures included:

  • Controlling extensive Himalayan blackberry and Scotch broom infestations,
  • Removing a culvert and road crossing and restoring the natural stream bank configuration,
  • Adding spawning gravels to the stream bed,
  • Removing and restoring paved roads,
  • Decompacting and amending heavily damaged soils,
  • Slope re-contouring,
  • Planting native trees, shrubs and emergent species utilizing facines and live staking,
  • Use of coir erosion control fabrics, and
  • Assisting with planning volunteer activities.
Large machine working on slope
Facsines installed to stabilize slope with jute netting
Slope with greenery grown from fascines

Stream Relocation & Enhancement

Thurston County, WA, 2003

Designed and installed measures to relocate a perennial stream that initially drained through a channelized ditch and a series of concrete pipe two feet from a residence. Stream was relocated further away from the house into a naturally configured channel. Channel was lined with biodegradable erosion control fabric and the buffer and banks were seeded and planted with container-grown native species.

Grass lawn extending to waterway
Stream and native foliage extending to waterway

Rainbow Valley Shoreline Restoration Plan

Thurston County, WA, 2002

Designed and installed the plan to restore riparian vegetation to a creek within the Black River floodplain on property owned by The Nature Conservancy. Native trees and shrubs were planted densely on both sides of the creek, following lines established by our temporary drip irrigation system. Every plant was furnished with a weed barrier and a plant protector to promote growth and protect from browse and maintenance activities. Livestakes of native willows were planted adjacent to the creek.


Mitigation Sites Installation and Maintenance

Clark County, 2002

Installed over 4,000 native shrubs and trees in 14 wetland and stream mitigation sites throughout Clark County and provided ongoing maintenance for all 14 sites. All plants were flagged to aid with maintenance and monitoring, and all received plant protectors, weed barriers and mulch. Maintenance included hand weeding and watering from May through September. Projects were mitigation for road construction and culvert replacements implemented by Clark County Public Works Department.

Riparian Buffer Conservation

Private property, Eatonville, WA, 2002

Installed over 1000 trees and shrubs in retired pasture adjacent to the Mashel River for a project partially funded by the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). Live willow cuttings were installed in a wet swale near the river. Plant protectors were installed for all other plantings to allow for easy maintenance, good growth, and some rodent protection.

Electron Dam Fish Ladder Revegetation Project

Pierce County, WA, 2000

Installed plants for revegetation following fish ladder construction. Project included seeding, application of straw mulch, and hand watering plantings.

Royal Gardens Wetlands

City of Olympia, WA, 1999

Designed and installed plan for revegetating wetlands and wetland buffers at the inlet and outlet of the Royal Gardens wetland pipeline. Plantings included emergents, shrubs, trees, and herbaceous perennials. Shredded bark was used as mulch to reduce surface erosion and limit growth of weeds.

Slope Stabilization

Westmark Condominiums, Olympia, WA, 1999

Designed and installed bioengineering measures to stabilize two failed slopes, and revegetated a drainage pipeline trench with native plants. Measures included a vegetated geogrid, live stakes, fascines, and container-grown planting. See photos of sprouting willow fascines and live stakes stabilizing a re-built slope and a bioengineered slope with sprouting brush material at Westmark Condominiums.


Heritage Park Emergency Slope Stabilization

Glacier Construction, Olympia, WA, 1998

Stabilized a massive landslide on state lands below the capitol building. Installed native plants on a tall, steep bluff that was reconstructed using bioengineering methods after the slope failed. Planting required extensive use of ropes and a detailed fall protection plan. The client substantially revised their planting plan based on our recommendations at the start of installation.

Slope Stabilization

Private property on the Nisqually bluff, Olympia, WA 1998

Designed and installed bioengineering measures to stabilize widespread slope failures along a marine bluff. Techniques included fascines, live staking, slope re-contouring, channel armoring and use of coir erosion control fabrics.

Cosmopolis Sludge Pond Revegetation

Weyerhaeuser, 1997-1999

Designed and implemented a year-long study of methods for revegetating a 15-acre pond in Cosmopolis, used to store wood pulp mill waste. Developed and implemented a revegetation plan for the pond, based on the study results.

Muck Creek & Johnson Creek Habitat Enhancement

Fort Lewis, WA. 1996-97

Supervised tribal crews on projects to collect and install live willow cuttings along several thousand feet of Exeter Springs, Muck Creek, and Johnson Creek.

Percival Creek Slope Stabilization

City of Olympia, 1996

Developed and installed a bioengineering plan to stabilize a steep slide on Percival Creek that threatened a sewer main. The plan employed a mix of techniques including a live cribwall, willow fascines, live staking, and a vegetated geogrid.

Steep slope of bare soils and exposed roots.
Revegetated slope

McAllister Bluff Slide Repair

Olympia, WA, 1996

Developed and installed a bioengineering plan that stabilized McAllister Bluff after a landslide caused by heavy rain. Utilized live stakes and container-grown trees and shrubs.

People with ropes working on bare slope after a landslide
Revegetated slope

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Sound Native Plants offers installation, consulting, and maintenance services to a broad range of clients including city, county, state, and federal governments, small companies, large corporations, land trusts, private landowners, non-profits, and more!