Ohop Creek benefiting from landowner driven restoration

The Tacoma News Tribune features the Ohop restoration project:

It’s back to nature for Ohop Creek near Eatonville, where what advocates call the state’s most ambitious salmon habitat recovery effort is in the works.

A recent grant of more than $1.1 million from the state Salmon Recovery Fund board will become seed money for the planned restoration of the six-mile Nisqually River tributary, home to salmon and steelhead trout.

“It looks like it’s got enough momentum to actually happen,” said Marcia Berger, 58, who has lived in the Ohop Valley for 30 years. She values her pastoral surroundings, the elk, the crawdads, the freshwater clams and the trout. “The wildlife here is just incredible.”

…”The landowners made a deal with one another that we would all be in favor or we would all be against,” said Stephen Pruitt, who spearheaded the group called Citizens Reclaiming the Ohop Watershed, or CROW.

Pruitt, 57, owns 40 acres along the creek and has lived in the area since he was a teenager. His mother, the late Meryl Pruitt, founded Pioneer Farm, the valley’s living history museum.