Grants Database

Grantee:
Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group
Amount Awarded:
$40,000
Project Title:
Skagit Community Based Riparian Restoration
Fund:
Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, 2022
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Issue:
Water Resources/Watershed Protection ; Environmental Education
Region:
North Sound/Salish Sea
County/Counties:
Skagit County
Project Description:

The Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group (SFEG) will restore eight acres of degraded riparian habitat at two locations: Riverfront Park and Parker Creek. These projects will provide the opportunity for community members of the Skagit Valley to engage in the conversion of 8 acres of invasive species and pasture into ecologically functional riparian habitat through invasive species control and planting of native trees and shrubs. Water quality issues at both sites will be addressed through the establishment of native plant species, which will aid in pollutant filtration, soil retention and erosion prevention. In addition to planting, this project would also fund the construction of a livestock exclusionary fence at Parker Creek and the replacement of an existing fish passage barrier at Riverfront Park. SFEG is committed to being a diverse and inclusive organization. We believe the outdoors should be for everyone and we know that has traditionally not been the case, with many people being left out of conservation opportunities. SFEG is actively working to create more avenues to engage students and interns from traditionally marginalized communities to participate in community based restoration activities. This grant would allow us to hire interns and provide education opportunities for schools that may not otherwise be able to be involved in such activities.