The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
recently announced it has received a $30,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation to kick off a new internship program.
PARTNERS: Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
, Alcoa Foundation
We are involved with Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
(NSEA), an organization that restores salmon habitat here in Bellingham.
Any extra money often goes toward a chosen charity or non profit organization, such as the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
, Brigid Collins and Big Brothers Big Sisters, or is put directly back into the maintenance of the league.
Groups receiving grants included: Alternatives to Hunger, American Red Cross, Archdiocesan Housing Authority, Bellingham Technical College, Blue Skies for Children, Communities in Schools of Whatcom County, Interfaith Coalition, Lummi Ventures Community Partnership, Lydia Place, Neighborhood Youth Centers, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
, Northwest Youth Services, RE Sources, Start Here Community Arts, Van Zandt Community Hall Association, Washington State University, Western Washington University Center for Service-Learning, Whatcom Center for Early Learning, Whatcom Literacy Council and Whatcom Symphony Orchestra.
Organized by the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
, the tree plantings will increase vegetation along stream banks, place woody debris and gravel in streambeds (to reinforce spawning areas), stabilize eroding stream banks, and remove barriers to salmon passage.
It was amazing to see how the group--many of whom don't work together day to day--self-organized and had fun," Read said, describing the "glorious" sunny October afternoon when Alcoa employees planted hundreds of native trees along a stream bed, getting grubby to help Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
AMERICAN FORESTS is pairing with the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
to improve stream habitat and increase salmon populations in lowland streams in Whatcom County, about 100 miles north of Seattle.
Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
(NSEA) projects typically occur on private property with the involvement of the landowners, and it requires hard work by the Association to accommodate their wishes and still restore a viable riparian corridor.