QUILCENE — The Skokomish tribe is in the first phase of its Big Quilcene River fish habitat restoration project.
The tribe is placing several large logs in the river to restore habitat conducive to threatened summer chum salmon spawning and rearing.
“This is a first step to restoring the health of this section of the Big Quilcene River,”‘ Skokomish Tribal Natural Resources Director Keith Dublanica said of the logjam construction.
“After acquisition of sensitive landscapes, repairing habitat is one of the most powerful things we can do to bring back salmon in historic numbers to the Big Quilcene River, and other rivers in the Hood Canal Basin . . .”
On most watersheds, the decline of salmon is connected to century-long habitat degradation, pollution and over harvest, he said. The Big Quilcene River is no different.
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