Written by Jen Finn
OLYMPIA — More than $550,000 has been set aside to purchase and conserve lands within the estuaries of the Big Quilcene, Dosewallips and Duckabush rivers, all in Hood Canal.
The Hood Canal grants were endorsed by the state's Salmon Recovery Funding Board, which approved $19.2 million for salmon projects throughout the state.
The grants for Hood Canal will contribute to an ongoing effort to restore critical estuarine habitats at the mouths of rivers throughout Hood Canal, said Richard Brocksmith of the Hood Canal Coordinating Council. The estuaries serve as habitat for a variety of salmon species, including Puget Sound chinook and Hood Canal summer chum, both listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.
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