Mason Conservation District coordinates a group of community organizations, citizens and state agencies to protect and restore salmon habitat in Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 14. This area includes freshwater streams that drain into Case, Totten, Skookum and Eld inlets and Oakland Bay, inclusively. Last year the group, the WRIA 14 Salmon Habitat Recovery Committee, received grants from the Salmon Recovery Funding Board totaling over $1.2 million to purchase and preserve 80 acres on Oakland Bay, restore fish passage to two miles of habitat on Hiawata creek, and design five future projects on the nearshore.
This year, the group has submitted a request for approximately $800,000 to complete five projects including: removing a bulkhead in Frye Cove; restoring a portion of the estuary on Skookum Inlet; placing large woody debris in the Skookum creek; removing a blocking culvert on Jarrell Cove creek and removing a blocking culvert on a tributary to Gosnell creek under Wival Road.
If you are interested in helping select future projects that benefit salmon, please contact Amy Hatch-Winecka at 427-9436 Ext. 11