The Kingston Community News posted a column by Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe’s natural resources director Paul McCollum about the tribe’s brownsfield grant and the redevelopment work taking place on Point Julia.

From the story:

In 2009, our Natural Resources Department was awarded a grant through the Environmental Protection Agency to assess potential Brownfields sites on and surrounding the reservation. This project is being led by Jessica Coyle, our EPA Response Program manager.

You may not be familiar with the term “Brownfields,” but as the name suggests, it’s a potentially dirty site; one that was likely once home to commercial or industrial facilities, but is now abandoned. These sites require environmental assessment and probable cleanup before being redeveloped. This process is called “land recycling” and allows for the preservation of already pristine areas by cleaning up and then reusing properties that were previously developed.