Landowner Bob Russell and the Beaver Glen Homeowners Association (HOA) had to figure out what to do with the 40-acre wetland in the middle of their property where no homes could be built and humans couldn’t tread for fear of being engulfed in tall reed canary grass.
So with help from a grant secured by the Lewis County Conservation District and consent from the HOA, an engineer was hired about a year ago to determine how the wetland’s creeks could be made more salmon friendly.
To help ensure the site’s grass doesn’t grow back to choke the creeks, Russell, Lewis County Conservation District Special Projects Coordinator Kelly Verd, Beaver Glen homeowner Rick Naten and two volunteers from the Lewis County Juvenile Detention Center spent a brilliant, late October day planting trees along the banks of the creeks.
Says a youth worker: “I’d rather be home than working,” he said. “But I know I’m helping the environment by doing this, and that makes me feel good.”
Story and pictures by Paul Dunn