The Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board announced $14.6 million for salmon projects statewide, a step forward to bring them back from the brink of extinction.
“These projects around the state are a critical part of our efforts to restore salmon and keep our runs healthy,” said Gov. Jay Inslee of the announcement. “These grants help communities fix what’s damaged and make the land and water better for both people and salmon.”
Grants were awarded to organizations in 26 counties for 77 projects. Projects include removing barriers to fish passage, restoring habitat for salmon, protecting pristine areas, and increasing the amount of habitat for salmon to spawn and thrive.
The list of funded projects includes many led by land trusts across the state, including:
Conserving the Sleepy Hollow Floodplain of the Wenatchee River, Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, $165,250
Chelan-Douglas Land Trust will buy 37 acres of the lower Wenatchee River currently threatened by development, known as the Sleepy Hollow floodplain. The land is the largest undeveloped floodplain on the lower Wenatchee River and is only 10 minutes from downtown Wenatchee. The project will protect critical habitat for salmon and provide fishing access along the shoreline.
Designing Restoration of the Middle Fork Hoquiam River, Chehalis River Basin Land Trust, $200,000
The Chehalis River Basin Land Trust will restore tidal action and fish passage to a railroad-impounded wetland along the Middle Fork Hoquiam River and
the Hoquiam River, on land owned by the trust.
Conserving Barnum Point, Whidbey Camano Land Trust, $175,144
The Whidbey Camano Land Trust will buy 37 acres in the first phase of a larger
project that will protect Barnum Point on Camano Island, directly across from the mouth of the Stilllaguamish River, in Port Susan. The grant is part of a larger effort to conserve the entire point. When complete, the full purchase will conserve more than three-quarters of a mile of shoreline, including land along the mouth of Triangle Cove (one of the o
nly non-diked estuaries in Island County), eroding bluffs that feed important sediments to Iverson Point and Livingston Bay to the northeast, and a forested bluff.
Conserving Land in Klickitat Canyon, Columbia Land Trust, $343,800
The Columbia Land Trust will conserve 2,760 acres of a diverse landscape in the east Cascades along the Klickitat River, Summit Creek and White Creek – all of which are critical waterway for Columbia River steelhead, Chinook, fall Chinook, coho, and cutthroat trout. This project is the second phase of a multi-phased effort to protect 5,600 acres that are threatened by land sales and development in what is a critical migratory corridor for many fish and animals.
Conserving Middle Ohop Creek, Nisqually Land Trust, $123,178
The Nisqually Land Trust will buy 32 acres along Ohop Creek, one of the two main tributaries to the Nisqually River. The creek provides spawning and rearing habitat for
Chinook salmon and steelhead trout, both of which are listed as threatened with extinction
under the federal Endangered Species Act, and for Puget Sound/Strait of Georgia coho salmon, which are afederal species of concern. Permanent protection and floodplain restoration will allow natural stream and floodplain processes to occur.
Conserving Skagit River Watershed Habitat, Seattle City Light and Skagit Land Trust, $400,000
Seattle City Light and the Skagit Land Trust will use this grant to buy 40 acres of high quality Chinook salmon and steelhead habitat in the Skagit River system. This purchase will put Skagit River shoreline, floodplain, and side channels into permanent protection.
Conserving Lower Henderson Inlet Habitat, Capitol Land Trust, $23,782
The Capitol Land Trust will buy about 2 acres on the southern end of
Henderson Inlet, in Thurston County. The land contains an estuary, beach, wetlands, and uplands. This purchase is part of a larger project to conserve just under 106 acres and more than a mile of Puget Sound shoreline. Both contain multiple priority habitat types
for many priority species including salmon, steelhead, forage fish, shellfish, and numerous
Check out news coverage here:
State awards $14.6 million for salmon recovery, some for Barnum Point, Stanwood Camano News, Dec 21 2016
Peninsula salmon enhancement projects receive more than $2.3 million in grant funds, Peninsula Daily News, Dec 19 2016
State grants fund vital salmon and steelhead habitat projects, The News Tribune, Dec 16 2016