Volunteers plant trees along pocket estuary to aid salmon


The trees provide shade to help keep the water cool and filter pollutants

File – In this Sept. 14, 2017, file photo, salmon circle just below the surface inside a lock where they joined boats heading from salt water Shilshole Bay into fresh water Salmon Bay at the Ballard Locks in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) – Eighty volunteers showed up to an ocean shoreline in northern Washington to plant trees that will enhance salmon habitat.

The Skagit Valley Herald reports the volunteers Saturday planted 1,400 native Sitka spruce, crabapple and shore pine on a 3-acre (1.2-hectare) strip on March Point southeast of Anacortes.

The event was hosted by the Skagit Conservation District as part of the second annual Orca Recovery Day.

The planting site was along a pocket estuary. Young salmon migrating from rivers use the area as a safe place to feed before reaching saltwater.

Volunteer Jim Johnson says trees provide shade to help keep the water cool and filter pollutants. Leaf debris feeds insects eaten by fish.

The land is owned by Shell Puget Sound Refinery.

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