From 1996-1999 the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) planted 23,492 native tree and shrub species on degraded riparian corridors within several watersheds in Whatcom County, Washington. These streams were degraded through agricultural, suburban and urban land uses. The purpose of this project was to improve stream habitat and increase salmon populations in the lowland streams. Trees were planted alongside multiple streams and the majority of project sites were on private land. This project faced challenges to tree survival, such as invasive species, rodent damage and beavers. However, the challenges were worth facing as trees along these streams will provide shade to cool water temperatures, stabilize stream banks, filter runoff from adjacent lands and provide habitat for salmon and other wildlife. Many volunteers participated in this project, including those from NSEA, Kiwanis, Boy Scouts, community members, private landowners and students from local middle/high schools. The Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife also provided support.
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