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American Forests Conservation Spotlight: Skagit Wild and Scenic River
Posted on November 15, 2016

The Skagit River and its tributaries provide spawning ground for as much as half of the chinook salmon of Puget Sound. Credit: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory via Flickr

Mt Baker holds a special place in our heart and the Skagit River is one of the most spectacular places our eyes have ever seen. Burly peaks, raging rivers and an incredibly rugged feel just hours from our Seattle headquarters. And, the Steelhead are huge. So, as our 2016 conservation campaign comes to a close, we celebrate a very worthy cause in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest of our home state of Washington. —LYA Editor

The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington covers more than 1.7 million acres and extends more than 140 miles along the western slopes of the Cascade Range from the Canadian border to the northern boundary of Mount Rainier National Park. Credit: Sean Munson via Flickr

Location: Mt. Baker Ranger District, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

The Skagit River and its tributaries provide spawning ground for as much as half of the Chinook salmon of Puget Sound, and it is the only river system that has healthy breeding populations of all five of the native salmon species. Because of its salmon abundance, the region is also home to one of the largest overwintering populations of bald eagles in the U.S.

In 1978, Congress designated 158 miles of the river and tributary system as a Wild and Scenic River. The designation preserves the free-flowing nature of this part of the river system, as well as protecting the remarkable wildlife that it supports.

The Skagit Wild and Scenic River is a revered spot for catch-and-release flyfishing. Credit: U.S. Forest Service.

The Skagit Wild and Scenic River is managed by the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, but half of its acreage is held in private hands. The Forest Service recently acquired 5,000 acres of this private property, much of which had been previously cleared for agriculture and forestry.

The North Cascade Range in Washington State and British Columbia is home to many species of wildlife, including two bears, the black and the grizzly.

American Forests is working with the U.S. Forest Service to plant 10,000 trees in the Skagit Wild and Scenic River area. The planting will restore and reinforce riparian habitat and watershed protection for one of the most important salmon rivers in the United States.

This project will plant 10,000 western red cedar, grand fir, Sitka spruce, Douglas-fir, red Alder, cottonwood, and willow seedlings in 65 acres of that acquired land. The planting will serve to re-establish the natural riparian ecosystem that protects this watershed and supports this critical salmon habitat.

Since partnering with the national nonprofit conservation organization 20 years ago, Eddie Bauer has helped plant more than 6.5 million trees. With the launch of The One Tree Initiative, Eddie Bauer pledges its continued support of American Forests’ mission to protect, restore and conserve threatened forest. Donate to the cause at AmericanForests.org.

Author: - Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
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