Critical Habitat projects are our state’s primary tool for conserving important fish and wildlife habitat. These projects protect the rich and diverse habitats in our forests, prairies, and wetlands. These funds help maintain our state’s biodiversity and protect species that are popular for hunting, birding, and other outdoor recreation, and are critical for the health of our salmon and fish populations.
This project agreement supports acquisition of up to 200 acres of habitat spawning grounds for coho and chum salmon. Vital to fisheries, the Fortson Ponds annually produce 5 to 8 percent of the total coho smolt production in the Stillaguamish drainage. A variety of other species depends on the ponds for habitat. Project is approximately eight miles west of Darrington.