By Amber Parmenter, Puget Sound Stewardship Coordinator
The mighty Skagit River helps all of Washington’s native salmon and trout species, together with about 60 % of the state’s wild Chinook salmon. It’s upriver sloughs and backwater areas present necessary freshwater spawning and rearing habitat for anadromous fish like salmon and steelhead. Two of TNC’s preserves alongside the Skagit are concerned in a multi-phase restoration undertaking being carried out by Skagit River System Cooperative (pure useful resource administration for the Sauk-Suiattle and Swinomish Tribes) together with land owned by Washington Division of Fish and Wildlife and Seattle Metropolis Mild.
This summer season, SRSC accomplished section one of many undertaking! This section included the removing of previous steelhead hatchery infrastructure and removing of rearing pond dikes, opening circulation to a portion of Barnaby Attain that has been blocked for the reason that early 1960’s. I went out to see the development in progress and was struck by simply how a lot work was being achieved within the space. It seemed like a totally totally different place as the development crew erased the previous infrastructure.