Conserving land along our waterways protects important habitat and helps keep our rivers healthy, clean, and more resilient to drought. Riparian Protection projects conserve and restore fresh and saltwater habitat while protecting fish habitat. In doing so, the grants help provide our families, farms, and fisheries with clean water across the state.
Whatcom Land Trust used this funding to purchase 1132 acres of forested Riparian Protection in the Skookum Creek Watershed, which is a major tributary to the South Fork of the Nooksack River. This project included the acquisition of the property with future restoration potential, beyond this scope of work, to allow natural ecosystem functions to occur, including growing and recruiting large trees into the Creek to form deep cold-water pools for salmonid habitat. This future restoration was set-up using this grant through the acquisition of the property and the removal of invasive species.