By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer's best of weather And autumn's best of cheer." -
Helen Hunt Jackson

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upcoming events

Snow Creek Preserve Collaboration with Jefferson Land Trust
Oct 22nd and Nov 5th
10am - 1pm

Coho Survey Training
Oct 28th, 10am - 12pm

3 Crabs Restoration Project: Dunegrass Planting
Nov 19th, 10am - 2pm

Questions? Contact  Olivia
Update from our surveying chums

Salmon have returned to Chimacum Creek! And the numbers have spiked. Volunteer surveyors saw a total of 719 live fish during their fifth week of surveys in the 2016 season. Hopefully there will be many more to come!

Stop by Jefferson Land Trust's Illahee preserve  for some public access fish viewing!

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Fall Opportunities to Get Involved
Snow Creek Preserve Collaboration with Jefferson Land Trust
Come join the Salmon Coalition and the Jefferson Land Trust as we begin construction of raised planting beds at the Upper Snow Creek Preserve. We will be placing these raised boxes among the field of reed canary grass to see if this will provide the plants with a better start in life when competing against this tough invasive. There will be a follow-up planting on January 7th  where we can plant the boxes as well as add species to our existing creekside planting that volunteers assisted with last year.  We'll also be removing English ivy from a portion of the preserve that is in need.  It's a beautiful preserve that needs our help in returning it back to its natural state!

October 22nd and November 5th, 10am to 1pm

To RSVP and receive more details, click here.

Coho Survey Training

Did you miss your chance to conduct chum surveys this summer but would like to get knee deep looking for in-migrating adult coho salmon in Chimacum Creek this winter? We will be conducting a Coho Spawner Survey Training on October 28th from 10-12 pm in the Point Hudson WDFW offices. The training is mandatory to participate in surveys.

We'll cover survey and safety protocols, assign teams and survey stretches, and issue survey equipment. No experience is necessary! We have many experienced volunteers who are very willing and capable to help new surveyors along the way.

This is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with the salmon that share our home. All the data we collect on the creek is analyzed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and used to guide salmon conservation in our state.

October 28th, 10am to 12pm

To RSVP and receive more details, click here.

3 Crabs Restoration Project: Dunegrass Planting
This landscape scale restoration project at the estuary just east of the Dungeness River is beginning to near completion and will be ready for the installment of some native salt marsh plants.  We are providing the community with a chance to participate in this restoration project by planting 4,250 American dunegrass ( Leymus mollis) plugs at the newly restored salt marsh. Volunteers will be provided with a behind the scenes tour of the restoration project at the end of the event. Who doesn't enjoy digging holes in the sand?!

November 19th, 10am to 2pm

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Say Hello to Our New IP, Olivia Vito

Last week we welcomed Olivia Vito onto our team as the new AmeriCorps Individual Placement intern. Olivia began studying the environment in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where she fell in love with the mountains of Appalachia and began an active lifestyle of community involvement, planting riparian zones, cleaning up streams and hosting ecology seminars. She was able to study environmental issues in a variety of ecosystems from West Virginian strip mines to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, which gave her an increased interest in the ways humans impact ecosystems. Since graduating, she worked as an environmental educator and conservation crew leader in several different states. Once she found NOSC and learned about the plight of the salmon, she was hooked. She now looks forward to helping restore North Olympic environments and finding new ways to get the community excited and engaged. In her free time, Olivia can be found hanging out in the woods, preparing fermented goodies or snowboarding the backcountry.

Bringing In a New WCC Crew
Meet our new WCC crew members!
Ben Stein

Ben came from St. Louis MO to do conservation work in WA. He enjoys long walks on the beach and loud music. He's looking forward to doing and learning a lot this year.

Sierra Hemmig

Sierra hails from the humid hothouse known as Virginia. Her adventures in the Pacific Northwest began as a student at the Evergreen State College in 2010 and she hopes to continue them for a long time. She feels lucky to be both an AmeriCorps member and alumni! Her interests include ecology, habitat conservation, wildlife issues and hiking.

Douglas Parks

Douglas was born and raised on the Olympic Peninsula. It was this incredible natural beauty through which he first discovered his passion for environmental conservation. After obtaining his Bachelor's degree in environmental science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he returned home to begin building a career and giving back to the community that raised him by helping to protect and restore Washington's natural beauty.

Zack Hovis

Zack was born and raised in Sequim, Washington. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree at the Evergreen State College in 2015. He's had a lifelong passion for the study of insects. His hobbies include beachcombing, reading, video/computer gaming, hiking and volunteer work.

Celeste Roe

Celeste hails from California. She moved to Washington to join the WCC crew. She is so excited to be on the Olympic peninsula and learn more about the area. When not involved in conservation efforts, she can be found biking or camping.

Citizen Action Training School
Sequim residents take part in free Salmon Coalition class
Education and Outreach Assistant Emily (far left) with CATS students and Dungeness neighbors during a tour of the 3 Crabs Restoration Project site.

The Salmon Coalition has once again embarked on a mission to provide citizen action training to the Sequim community (read about the previous CATS class in our December 2014 newsletter). CATS 2016 students participated in two field trips throughout the course, one of which took them to the 3 Crabs Restoration Project.  With so many shoreline landowners, many of whom are new to the region, the restoration site provided a great venue to educate citizens on nearshore processes.  Led by Salmon Coalition Stewardship Coordinator, Sarah Doyle, students were given the opportunity to tour the large-scale restoration project happening in their own backyards.

Students also had the opportunity to interact with presenters such as Ian Miller (Washington Sea Grant Coastal Hazards Specialist), Randy Johnson (Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe Habitat Program Manager), and Rich Childers (Puget Sound Shellfish Manager). Through these, and other esteemed scientists' presentations, students learned about erosion, the Dungeness drift cell, ecology and restoration on the Dungeness River, permitting of restoration projects, forage fish, salmon, shellfish, and more.

North Olympic Salmon Coalition

Community Partnerships, Collaborative Restoration