State, tribes roll out plan to rear salmon on Washington farmland

(11/29/19)

 

Some 15,000 acres in southwest Washington, much of it farm and forest land, would be converted into salmon habitat at a cost of up to $1.1 billion under a plan presented Monday by two state agencies and two tribes.

Flooding land would help repair damage in the Chehalis River basin that began in the 1850s as settlers farmed, logged, mined and built roads, according to a report co-authored by Ecology, Fish and Wildlife, the Quinault Indian Nation and Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation.

Climate change, population growth and the conversion of land into “high-value fruit crops” are identified as further threats that could make spring chinook salmon — important to orcas — extinct by........................................................


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