Volunteersmake huge impact at Terrell Creek restoration project

Published on Thu, Apr 27, 2006 by Elie Steele-Friedlob

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Volunteers make huge impact at Terrell Creek restoration project

By Elie Steele-Friedlob

More than 100 volunteers from our community and Whatcom County attended a work party along Terrell Creek this Earth Day, April 22, planting over 1,300 native trees and shrubs – a new record for the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and the Chums of Terrell Creek.

The tree planting and other activities are part of an ongoing project to restore the creek as a viable and sustainable salmon stream. After the work party, volunteers and supporters gathered at the Birch Bay State Park for a cook-out and celebration “baby shower.” The event was capped by the release of thousands of young chum salmon fry into Terrell Creek.

For the last three years community and business funding and scores of Birch Bay volunteers have committed to salmon and habitat restoration of Terrell Creek. This spring volunteers also tended a remote site incubator nurturing 50,000 salmon eggs and will be monitoring a smolt trap to assist in counting the types of out-migrating fish in the creek as a clue to the progress of the restoration.

For information on future activities and on making any financial contributions to support the project, please contact Elie Friedlob at elie.friedlob@bull.com, 371-3441 or Rachel Vasak at rvasak@n-sea.org, 715-0283.