TerrellCreek tree planting party date set

Published on Thu, Apr 15, 2004 by rent Cole

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Terrell Creek tree planting party date set

By Brent Cole

For over 20 years, coho and chum salmon have been missing from Whatcom County’s Terrell Creek. Now, thanks to the efforts of the Chums of Terrell Creek (COTC) and the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA), Terrell Creek is edging closer and closer to becoming a home for salmon once again.

“The ultimate goal is to put in 3,000–4,000 trees and we’ve put in 2000 trees so far,” stated Ellie Friedlob, the leader of COTC.

On April 24, in celebration of Earth Day, COTC and the NSEA, along with the Terrell Creek Steam Stewards, BP employees, and WWU’s LEAD program volunteers will be continuing their restoration project of Terrell Creek with a tree planting party. Volunteers will be planting approximately 1,000 trees, adding to the thousands planted last year.

The 2,000 or so trees were planted last year by volunteers at work parties such as the one coming up and by Americorps workers who planted trees in the difficult to reach areas.

“The trees are a huge member of the ecosystem for healthy salmon populations because they keep the water cool and shaded. Plus the trees, when they fall, the wood forms little pools for the young salmon,” states Friedlob.

After the trees have all been planted, volunteers will place egg boxes in the creek, starting the next stage in the creek’s restoration. The salmon, which only stay in the creek for a month before they head out into the ocean, will return to spawn in three to four years. The egg box process will continue each year until the salmon have regained their place in the creek.

The April 24 tree planting will begin at 9 a.m. and go until noon with a BBQ to follow. All tools will be provided at the site, though it’s recommended that volunteers wear comfortable clothes and heavy shoes. Volunteers are needed, come be part of this fantastic restoration project.

For further information, call Elie Friedlob at 371-3441.