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.
The Whatcom Land Trust will use this funding to purchase approximately 780-acres of forested riparian habitat in the Skookum Creek watershed, which is a major tributary to the South Fork of the Nooksack River. This project will include the acquisition of the property with future restoration, 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. The primary habitat to be preserved is forested riparian habitat.