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Posted on August 22, 2022 at 2:43 PM by Camila Matamala-Ost
After years of planning and months of construction, the South Prairie Creek Preserve project reached an important milestone recently in the effort to improve salmon habitat in the Puyallup River watershed. On a sunny fall day in early October, the barriers that had cordoned off the new side channel from the mainstem of South Prairie Creek were removed, resulting in unobstructed flow and fish access to this new habitat.
Even before this, salmon migrating upstream were navigating their way through the channel-spanning structures that were built in the mainstem to recruit gravel and create habitat features where fish can rest, feed, rear, and spawn. The new side channel has also created a half-mile of new habitat that fish can use year-round.
In addition to these in-stream improvements, the project includes several dozen acres of restoration planting. Over time, these plantings will create a riparian and floodplain forest that will sustain many of the ecosystem process currently missing from this site. Some of the project area was able to be planted prior to construction, but now that the earthwork is done, the planting effort ramps up to finish the job.
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Posted on June 1, 2022 at 4:34 PM by Mary Krauszer
June is Ocean Month!
The White House has proclaimed June 2022 as Ocean Month to “celebrate the beauty and power of our ocean…(and) remember our shared responsibility to protect and preserve it.” The Puget Sound, connected as a part of the Salish Sea connected to the Pacific Ocean, is our local link to Ocean Month. The ecological, cultural, and economic value of the Puget Sound to our region cannot be overstated. Since time immemorial, Coast Salish people have relied on the natural resources and processes tied to marine waters for their sustenance, culture, and ways of life, including sustaining relatives like salmon and orca. In 2022, we recognize that our marine waters are imperiled, and it is our collective responsibility to steward our shared Puget Sound.
Posted on April 14, 2022 at 2:55 PM by Lauryn Lopez
Restoration efforts continue at Pierce Conservation District’s South Prairie Creek Preserve! In mid-October, we kicked off the fall planting season with a large-scale plant installation effort on the north floodplain. Between October 2021 and March 2022, several new planting areas were the focus of our revegetation efforts near a very important section of South Prairie Creek. The work accomplished this planting season was made possible by the collaborative efforts of staff, interns, the Washington Conservation Corps, Earthcorps, and many community volunteers.