Protection Island: Old buildings to be removed from wildlife refuge

The peace and quiet of Protection Island is being temporarily disturbed as work crews remove several ramshackle buildings from the national wildlife refuge.

Work began late last week as crews dredged the island’s boat landing to provide enough depth for a barge.

The barge will be loaded with the remains of several buildings for transport off the island, according to Pam Sanguinetti, biological technician with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“Some years ago, there was a big cleanup which including removing old cars, but that didn’t take on the structures,” Sanguinetti said.

“This will address that. Removal of the buildings will open up nesting areas and also prevent the buildings from falling into the water.”

Three buildings will be torn down, loaded into containers and hauled to John Wayne Marina in Sequim, where they will be offloaded Wednesday.

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