Photo courtesy: Nisqually Land Trust
– From the Nisqually Land Trust Newsletter
The Land Trust has completed its first purchase for the Nisqually Community Forest – 640 acres adjoining our Mount Rainier Gateway Reserve, near Ashford.
The Nisqually Community Forest will be the first of its kind in Puget Sound, a working forest owned and managed specifically to benefit our local communities: Forestry and tourism jobs. Recreation and education. Clean air and water. Abundant wildlife habitat.
And the property includes over four miles of shoreline and feeder streams along Busy Wild Creek, which provides critical habitat for threatened Chinook salmon and steelhead trout. Busy Wild Creek is the headwaters of the Mashel River, the largest tributary to the Nisqually River.
Watch drone footage of the forest below. Thanks to Jeb Moore for sharing!
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WOW! More great news!
The Nisqually Land Trust acquired another 15 acres of highly-prized salmon shoreline on the Nisqually River, near Yelm.
The property is located in the river’s Whitewater Reach, which is rated highest priority for protection of Chinook salmon and steelhead trout habitat. Both species are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
The densely forested property will be managed as part of the Land Trust’s Yelm Shoreline Protected Area, expanding it to 222 acres and 2.55 shoreline miles.
We hope you’ll consider extending your support with a contribution to our Annual Conservation Appeal.