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 will use this grant to buy 780 acres in the Skookum Creek watershed. Skookum Creek includes 2.3 miles of habitat for coho salmon, steelhead, and bull trout and .6 mile of habitat for spring Chinook salmon. Historic logging in the area removed trees that shaded the water and contributed sediment to the creek and its tributaries. Whatcom Land Trust will place large trees in the creek, which help create deep cold-water pools for salmon to rest in as they migrate. The land trust will contribute more than $1 million in a grant from the state salmon recovery program and donations of cash.