The Whatcom Conservation District will note this coming Earth Day with a special event on Saturday adjacent to North Fork Nooksack Creek near Acme, WA. The one-millionth native tree will be planted as part of the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program in Whatcom County.
Earth Day is Monday, but the gathering on Saturday celebrates a milestone for a salmon habitat restoration plan that began in 1999. Details of the event, hosted by the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and the conservation district, are available at the district’s online site.
The Washington State Conservation Commission, which funded the restoration, reports that 160 miles of streams and nearly 2,500 acres have been restored through nearly 350 projects in Whatcom County alone. Commission chairman Jim Peters is scheduled to speak at the ceremony.
The millionth tree will be a red cedar, which will join a range of trees and shrubs, that include spruce, various willow species, black cottonwood, red alder, red osier dogwood, Douglas fir, cascara, snowberry and rose. All planted by hundreds and hundreds of volunteer hours.