"There's nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend
-  Bob Ross 

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upcoming events

New Year's Eve
At Finnriver Cidery
Dec. 31st starting at 2pm

Bingo at Hilltop Tavern
Every Wednesday in January, 7pm - 9pm
Help kick it off on Jan. 4th!

Native Tree Plantings
Upper Snow Creek Preserve
Jan 7, 10am - 1pm
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Dungeness River
Jan 14 & 15, 10am - 2pm
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Peabody Creek
Feb 4, 10am - 2pm
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Questions? Contact  Olivia
It's Here!
The 2015 - 2016
Annual Report. 

Maynard Nearshore

A colorful sunset reflects on the high tide along the Maynard nearshore.
Coho Surveys Continue On
Chimacum Creek

This coho leaps its way upstream on Upper Chimacum Creek. Thanks to volunteer and vice president of the board, Jim Pearson, for the photo.
Upcoming Volunteer Events

Tree Planting at Upper Snow Creek Forest Preserve

I n October of 2016, Jefferson Land Trust, North Olympic Salmon Coalition and Youth Environmental Stewards (YES!) students began construction of 25 artificial nurse stumps at Upper Snow Creek Forest Preserve. The stumps are designed to provide a raised environment amidst a field of reed canarygrass so that native trees will be able to gather more sunlight and nutrients when competing with this tough invasive.

Now, on January 7th, we will be planting those nurse stumps and we need your help. Come out and learn more about the history behind these raised beds and get involved by helping us plant them with native species, as well as adding plants to the creekside buffer that volunteers began last winter. We will also remove English ivy from portions of the preserve in need.

January 7th, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Click here to RSVP and receive more details.

Dungeness Planting with Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe

On January 14th and 15th, the North Olympic Salmon Coalition along with the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe will be planting 1,940 native trees and shrubs on the Dungeness River, at a site owned by the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe since 2015. The site lacks vegetation and is in need of reforestation to improve water quality on the Dungeness River. This is one of the most crucial steps toward creating healthy habitat for the fish and wildlife that frequent this area.
We chose these dates because Monday, January 16th is the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. This is your chance to give a few hours of your time to improve the health of the Dungeness watershed and to serve your community alongside your wonderful neighbors.
January 14th and 15th, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Click here to RSVP and receive more details.
Native Tree Planting at Peabody Creek
Our local Port Ange les urban park  needs your helping hands! On February 4th, the Salmon Coalition will be planting 300 native trees and shrubs to improve the health and diversity of the forest along Peabody Creek. Volunteers have spent countless hours cleaning up this park, removing garbage and invasive species. We will now be replacing those non-desirables with beautiful native plants. This is a great chance to meet your Port Angeles neighbors who love the environment and forests as much as you do!
February 4th, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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New Year's Eve with Finn
At Finnriver Cidery

Join Finn the salmon at the Finnriver Cider Garden on Saturday of New Year's Eve, December 31st, for a family-friendly gathering to welcome in the new year with Finnriver's Local Bratwurst Special plate served from 2-8 p.m. There will also be champagne cider, a danceable playlist, hot cider, hot cocoa, and a countdown, toast and giant Salmon lighting at 9:00 p.m.  We fish you a happy new year!

Give Life This Season
Want something different this holiday?
You might ask friends and loved ones to make a tax deductible donation to the Salmon Coalition instead of getting another pair of tired, old socks.  They can also purchase a membership in your name. These funds directly contribute to improving the life and habitat of our native Northwest salmon, helping both fish populations and the families that depend on them.

If you wish to donate in someone's name, please click or copy and paste the following link: http://nosc.org/get-involved/donate/

If you wish to purchase a membership in someone's name, please click or copy and paste the following link: http://nosc.org/get-involved/become-a-member/

Be sure to write in the "Comments" section that this is a gift donation and for whom you are donating so that we may send along a gift receipt. You may also specify where you would like it sent.

Shopping for loved ones?
Shop at smile.amazon.com and select "North Olympic Salmon Coalition" to donate 0.5% of your purchase to NOSC.
You can also purchase our NOSC branded gear (t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, totes) at our office Wednesdays between 9 and 11 a.m. through the end of December. Or call  (360) 379-8051 to arrange a time!

Salmon Surveys
Coho Counts on Snow Creek

The red line shows adult spawning coho that have passed the WDFW Snow Creek trap between September 22nd and December 7th of this year, while the dotted blue line shows stream flow. Graph courtesy of Cheri Scalf, WDFW.

The WA Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) stopped seeing coho cross their Snow Creek trap earlier this week. Their total count was 617 males, 712 females and 398 jacks - that's 1,727 total spawning coho! The survival of smolt-to-adult is 8.28%, which WDFW says is a very good number. They also saw fall chum this season for the very first time, seeing a total of 260. Fall chum DNA has been sent off to the lab for further analysis.

Volunteer Spotlight
Sarah and Chris Tipton from Nature School

Why do you love getting outside?
Being in nature is a big part of our family and small community culture.  We began a small nature school several years ago so many of our friend gatherings center around being outside together. Its learning, movement, fun, therapeutic, and energizing and so much more.

Why did you decide to volunteer with the Salmon Coalition?
We live just down the street so this project [3 Crabs Restoration] is really important to us, plus we strongly believe in taking care of the Earth in as many ways, big and small, as possible.  And as we homeschool, everything is a learning opportunity.
Do you think others could benefit from volunteering for wild salmon habitat restoration initiatives?
Absolutely, getting down on your hands and knees and being outside is enough of a reason to volunteer, but meeting people who care and helping increase the biodiversity in our local region are more great benefits.

You are the director of a nature school that also has programs specific for younger children. Do you think today's youth could benefit from the work done here at the Salmon Coalition?
Absolutely.  Again, just being outside with your hands in the dirt is a learning and growing experience, but children learn from doing so getting involved teaches them more about ecology and science than anything you could teach from a book or an idea.

Do you think the adults from your nature programs, Olympic Nature Experience, could also benefit from salmon habitat restoration work?
I believe that many families involved in our nature programs care deeply about the work the Salmon Coalition and the other local nature centered non-profits do; the Dungeness River Audubon Center, the North Olympic Land Trust, the Organic Seed Alliance to name a few. I think everyone could benefit from volunteering with the Salmon Coalition because we learn and create connections and that is vital to changing the culture to support better salmon habitat.

Do your own little ones love salmon yet?
Oh yes, but not to eat as much as to watch and study.  They LOVE when a dead salmon washes up on shore.  They want to dissect and explore and watch it decompose. But they love seeing them swim upstream, too.  It's a big event when we see them swimming upstream.

Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
Thanks for the work the Salmon Coalition does and for the opportunity to volunteer.  It was a cold, windy, blustery day and it created some excellent memories for my kids!

Thank you, Sarah and Chris, for taking the time to answer our questions. And thank you, readers!

North Olympic Salmon Coalition

Community Partnerships, Collaborative Restoration