November 2nd, 2019
On Saturday October 19th, team members from CCL Ferndale, WA planted trees to aid in salmon habitat restoration along the Nooksack, River. Salmon are an essential food source for the critically endangered Puget Sound Southern Resident Orcas.
Planting native trees alongside waterways provides shade and macro-invertebrates that help salmon fry thrive. The roots of trees help to reduce the erosion alongside salmon runs.
Earlier this year, Crystal Creek supplied funds to be used toward the purchase and installation of 5,000 native plants along streams in Whatcom County.
Brittany Maben, organizer of the CCL work party:
“I have participated in many environmental restoration work parties, but this event was by far the most inspiring. The forecast showed 100% chance of rain so I was astounded by the number of people who showed up to help improve the habitat of our local wildlife. To have colleagues from CCL by my side in the mud and the mulch was just the cherry on top. In a few hours, each person was only able to plant a handful of trees, but if you multiply that by over 100 people participating in each of the 70 similar events throughout the region, you start to realize the difference that one day of hard work can bring.”