Work party Saturday to restore habitat on South Fork Nooksack

A property identified by the Nooksack Tribe as a priority for wetland restoration has been acquired by the Whatcom Land Trust.

The land trust and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association are having a work party to plant native vegetation from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 13.

Directions: From Bellingham, head east on Mount Baker Highway for about 15 miles. Turn right onto Highway 9, just outside of Deming, and follow for about seven miles. Turn left onto Rothenbuhler Road, cross the railroad tracks and look for signs on the right. Parking will be available. Check in at the NSEA tent.

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The story in the Bellingham Herald:

ACME – Whatcom Land Trust has purchased a former tree plantation on the south fork of the Nooksack River to restore the land for salmon habitat in a partnership with two other organizations.

The $825,000 sale of the 130-acre property south of Acme closed Oct. 27. Pacifica Poplar Inc. was the seller.

The property will help land trust partners Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and the Nooksack Tribe in their work to restore habitat for endangered south fork chinook salmon, according to Rand Jack, land trust board member.

The property also is important because the Nooksack Tribe, in a 2006 study, identified the acres and an adjacent land trust property as having high wetland potential, which would benefit chinook salmon. Jack said acquiring the acres will help the tribe’s plans to do major in-stream habitat work on that stretch of the south fork.