The Pacific Northwest Salmon Center will be hosting a public walking tour of the newly-restored Union River Estuary this coming Saturday, September 14th, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, starting at the Theler Community Center in Belfair.
In partnership with Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation Office and United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group and Pacific Northwest Salmon Center have successfully restored over 30 acres of estuary habitat. With the breaching of a dike that had been in existence for over 70 years, salmon will be provided with pristine estuarine habitat, an integral environment for salmon as they transition between saltwater and freshwater, aiding in the recovery of the threatened summer chum on the Union River.
In addition to restored habitat, recreation opportunities have been added for community members with the expansion of walking trails along the restored area, adding nearly one half mile of new trails.
This is the public’s first opportunity to view the restored estuary. Pacific Northwest Salmon Center staff will lead the walk and answer questions from community members. As it is a walking tour, it is advised to bring quality walking shoes.
UNION RIVER ESTUARY TOUR
WHERE: Theler Community Center Trailhead, 22871 NE S.R. 3, Belfair, WA 98528
WHEN: Saturday, September 14; 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
WHAT: Tour the newly-restored Union River Estuary
September 12, 2013/Press Release submitted by PNW Salmon Center