The Skagit River System Cooperative has a long history of identifying, designing, and implementing projects that strive to recover freshwater and estuarine habitat for salmonids.The Restoration program’s guiding philosophy is focused first on protecting existing functioning ecosystem processes, and second on recovering landscape processes that are not functioning within an expected natural range of variation. The program’s habitat restoration approach is firmly committed to implementing the principles of conservation biology on the landscape scale using both proven and innovative techniques on the site level.

Left: Planting native trees and other vegetation at a restoration site.  Right: SRSC Restoration Ecologist Nora Kammer surveys a stream channel at a recently constructed project in the Suiattle River watershed.
Left: Planting native trees and other vegetation at a restoration site. Right: SRSC Restoration Ecologist Nora Kammer surveys a stream channel at a recently constructed project in the Suiattle River watershed.

 

Our on-the-ground projects have included:

Riparian Planting: Establishing native riparian shrubs and trees helps reduce stream temperature, invasive species, and offers a source of large woody debris in the future.

Dike Removal: Removal of selected dikes or portions of dikes helps restore sediment transport processes, and restores natural flow regimes to off-channel habitat.

Road Decommissioning, Culvert Upgrades, and Bridge Replacement: Road work projects help to reduce the risk of mass wasting that inputs sediment into our waterways. Culvert upgrade or removal, waterbars, insloping, and armoring help to improve drainage.

 

Click on the markers shown on the map below to find information about our ongoing and completed restoration projects. Zoom or pan the map using your cursor and the +/- controls in the upper left corner. Map markers are categorized by project status.
 

 

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In addition to the sites shown on the maps, we are also involved in projects that have a broader geographic scope. These are listed below:

• Sauk River Migration Assessment

 

Restoration Staff:

Steve Hinton, Director of Habitat Restoration

Devin Smith, Senior Restoration Ecologist

Nora Kammer, Restoration Ecologist

Brenda Clifton, Restoration Ecologist

Eric Mickelson, Restoration Ecologist

Kate Ramsden, GIS and Data Specialist

Matt Etringer, Restoration Field Coordinator