In 2011 the Council completed a grant-funded effort to develop a coordinated restoration and protection plan for the middle Skagit River between Sedro Woolley and Rockport, a priority and target area for restoration. This Plan helps to fill a gap in our knowledge between understanding the problem and knowing where to invest in actions that will best meet the restoration goals for Chinook populations in the Skagit. The Plan directs efforts toward projects that are critical to the recovery of Skagit salmon and are prioritized and sequenced in a manner consistent with local and regional recovery planning.
The work involved our local restoration community in assembling and collecting reach and site-level information, identifying a suite of potential actions, developing a set of evaluation criteria for prioritizing projects, and prioritizing restoration actions.
The direct products of this work will allow for better identification and timing of future funding needs, an understanding of the roles of the local community in implementation, and capacity planning among the restoration community and will inform the larger local land use planning efforts in progress that will influence the future protection and restoration of the river.
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