Fir Island Rest Project Photo by Jason Wettstein
On August 1, 2016 the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) implemented a salmon habitat restora-tion project of the Fir Island Farm Snow Goose Reserve. The Fir Island Farm Reserve is managed to provide wildlife view-ing and agriculture that is compatible with providing snow goose forage. The project restored approximately 131 acres to intertidal estuary that is expected to benefit all species that utilize or rely on estuarine wetland habitat as a part of their life cycle, including salmon, forage fish, shorebirds, and water-fowl as a part of a long term restoration planning effort for Chinook recovery.
During this presentation, Skagit Wildlife Area Manager, Belinda Rotton, and WDFW Fir Island Farm Project Manager, Jenna Friebel, will describe the project and the expected changes at the site. WDFW staff will discuss the management of the site, snow goose population trends and long- term monitoring efforts.