From the Fall 2015 Quarterly Electronic Newsletter of the Nisqually Land Trust:
– “Land Trust Awarded Record $7.6 Million for Salmon Habitat”
“At its recently ended session the Washington State Legislature funded two Land Trust grant proposals worth a total of $7.6 million for the purchase of habitat for threatened Chinook salmon and steelhead trout.
Both grants were ranked first in their respective competitions, the Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration fund (PSAR) and the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP). The PSAR grant, for $6.5 million, is the largest grant award the Land Trust has ever received.
Both grants will fund property purchases in the Mashel River sub-basin of the Nisqually Watershed. The Mashel is the largest tributary to the Nisqually and is critical for the survival of both species, especially steelhead trout. Steelhead were once the watershed’s signature salmon species but are now on the verge of extinction.
The Land Trust extends its deepest thanks to both houses of the state legislature, and in particular to our local senators, Senator Randi Becker and Senator Karen Fraser, for their support of salmon recovery in the Nisqually Watershed.”
CONGRATULATIONS to the Nisqually Land Trust!