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Lummi continues to improve salmon habitat on South Fork Nooksack River

A lack of holding pools in the South Fork Nooksack River continues to limit the recovery of spring chinook salmon populations. The Lummi Nation will soon begin the second phase of a restoration project near Skookum Creek to improve habitat complexity, connectivity and climate change resilience for threatened salmon species. Twelve engineered logjams will create shaded pools for migrating adult and over-wintering juvenile chinook salmon and bull trout. Both species are listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. Several of the logjams will be placed downstream from a known cooler water stream, Edfro Creek, to provide temperature...

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Lummi Nation Studying Hooligan Run

Lummi Natural Resources and Northwest Indian College (NWIC) have partnered to learn more about the longfin smelt, known as hooligans, that have been harvested by tribal members for generations. NWIC native environmental science faculty member Dr. Rachel Arnold and Lummi fisheries technician Jeffrey Solomon have spent two seasons gathering DNA samples, scales and otoliths (mineral structures often referred to as “ear bones”) from hooligans harvested along the Nooksack River each fall. “We’ve also had conversations with tribal elders, as well as non-native elder fishers, who have been harvesting hooligans since they were children,” Solomon said. Longfin smelt migrate to...

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Habitat Corridor Gives Floodwater Somewhere to Go

The Stillaguamish Tribe is connecting a corridor of chinook habitat from mountain tributaries to the river’s mouth. During the past 10 years, from Darrington to Stanwood, the tribe has acquired 1,000 acres toward its goal of 7,225 acres by 2055. This winter, the tribe received funding from the state Salmon Recovery Funding Board to buy about 90 acres more. Building a corridor enables the tribe and its partners – which include the Tulalip Tribes, Snohomish County, The Nature Conservancy, Forterra and the Snohomish Conservation District – to complete restoration work outlined in the 2005 Stillaguamish Chinook Recovery Plan. “We’re all...

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Restoration of Skagit tributary nears end

Years of work to restore salmon habitat on a productive tributary to the Skagit River is expected to be completed this summer. Most of Illabot Creek has been protected from habitat loss, but about a half-mile was degraded in the 1970s by construction of the Rockport-Cascade Road bridge. The channel was relocated and constrained. A steeper gradient reduced habitat complexity and limited connectivity with the floodplain. “This work changed Illabot Creek from a sinuous, multi-thread channel throughout this reach to a straightened, single-thread channel,” said Devin Smith, restoration ecologist for the Skagit River System Cooperative (SRSC), the natural resources...

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FishViews: A panoramic virtual tour of Stillaguamish River

Western Washington rivers have entered the world of virtual reality. The Stillaguamish and Tulalip tribes have partnered with a company called FishViews to create a interactive 360-degree map of the Stillaguamish watershed. The maps contribute to salmon recovery by allowing natural resources managers to identify habitat restoration opportunities. “We can reach out to landowners where projects could be needed,” said Jason Griffith, Stillaguamish fisheries biologist. “If there’s invasive species that need controlling, for example, or a place cows could get into the creek.” FishViews captured the major channels of the North Fork, South Fork and mainstem Stillaguamish River to...

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