Why Habitat Restoration?

Salmon are an important species to the Pacific Northwest. They play a critical role in our marine and freshwater ecosystems, our economy, our recreation, our culture and our history. We think they should also play a role in our future. However, salmon and their habitat are in trouble. Human actions through generations have degraded many key habitats that salmon depend on, such as streams, rivers, estuaries and coastal environments. The degradation of this habitat has helped contribute to a dramatic decline in the number of salmon in our region.

NOSC looks for areas where degraded habitat can be repaired. Restored and created habitat provides increased feeding, resting and spawning opportunities for salmon, which has contributed to the success of out-migrating and returning salmonids in our local watersheds. We know that we may never recover habitat or salmon to historic levels, but we believe we can repair habitat and boost salmon number towards historic abundance. Restoring habitat will benefit both salmon and people.

Successful habitat restoration depends on creative collaboration between diverse, willing participants, which fosters unique partnerships and builds stronger community. Healthy habitat also means healthy watersheds, cleaner water, and even a stronger economy. Finally, habitat restoration can be done by stewards of all ages, which mean the positive impacts resonate for generations.

We hope you agree that salmon habitat restoration is important to all of us and we invite you to get involved! Contact info[at]nosc.org to learn more.

Check out the videos below which highlight the Morse Creek Riverine Restoration Project in Port Angeles, WA, and the Salmon Creek Estuary Restoration Project at the mouth of Discovery Bay, WA.

Morse Creek Riverine Restoration Project  on Vimeo.

Buried in Sawdust for 50 years: Restoration of Salmon Creek Estuary on Vimeo