Salmon grants will help Hood Canal estuaries

OLYMPIA — More than $550,000 has been set aside to purchase and conserve lands within the estuaries of the Big Quilcene, Dosewallips and Duckabush rivers, all in Hood Canal. The Hood Canal grants were endorsed by the state’s Salmon Recovery Funding Board, which approved $19.2 million for salmon projects throughout the state.

The grants for Hood Canal will contribute to an ongoing effort to restore critical estuarine habitats at the mouths of rivers throughout Hood Canal, said Richard Brocksmith of the Hood Canal Coordinating Council. The estuaries serve as habitat for a variety of salmon species, including Puget Sound chinook and Hood Canal summer chum, both listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act.

In Kitsap County, the Suquamish Tribe will use a $25,000 grant to remove lumber and wood products from Doe-Kag-Wats marsh near Indianola. The removal is expected to encourage the natural growth of marsh plants and shrubs along the migration route for Puget Sound chinook. The tribe will contribute $4,425.

To review all the grants, go to the PDF file here

Read the full Kitsap Sun article here

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