The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association’s (NSEA’s) Northwest Salmon Fund Endowment will ring in the New Year with an award from the Nooksack Recovery Team and a private donor committed to matching that donation.
After more than 15 years of working collaboratively to restore salmonid habitat in the Nooksack River Basin the Nooksack Recovery Team (NRT) disbanded in early December, 2009.
The group’s board of directors chose to award the remaining assets, totaling just over $38,000, to NSEA’s endowment fund in an effort to ensure that these funds would continue to be used to coordinate and implement salmon recovery projects in Whatcom County in perpetuity.
This donation was then matched with a donation from Mike and Elaine McRory of Bellingham, bringing the total investment in the Northwest Salmon Fund Endowment to more than $76,000.
The Northwest Salmon Recovery Fund is an endowment fund created to help NSEA become self-sustaining in the future and to remain committed to the mission of returning sustainable wild salmon runs to Whatcom County’s watersheds.
Upon reaching the goal of $2 million, NSEA will be able to draw from the interest to help fund basic operations.