Friday, October 23, 2009

Habitat Restoration in Hood Canal

With urban, suburban and agricultural development around Puget Sound, estuary habitat has been particularly hard hit. In fact WDFW estimates that over 300 small estuaries around the area have been lost to development. Estuaries provide critical habitat for juvenile salmonids, in particular chinook, chum, cutthroat, and bulltrout. In a project which wrapped up earlier in this fall, WDFW and partners restored a small pocket estuary south of Seabeck. The land was acquired in 2008 at a part of the 3700 acre Stavis Natural Resources Conservation Area and had previously been developed. With restoration actions completed the new pocket estuary allows both tidal and freshwater flow through the estuary and salt marsh. See the DFW press release

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