NOSC, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe (JSKT), Clallam Conservation District (CCD) and the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) have embarked on a large-scale, collaborative 56-acre riparian planting on the Dungeness River called the River’s Edge Revegetation Project.
The North Olympic Land Trust and JSKT acquired the River’s Edge parcel in March of 2020, which when combined with the Clallam County Lower Dungeness Levee Setback Project, will reconnect the Dungeness River to 143 acres of historic floodplain habitat.
In the winter and spring of 2022, 13.3 acres of the site were planted and tubed by a WCC crew and volunteers, resulting in the planting of over 7,500 native trees and shrubs. During 7 volunteer work parties, more than 90 volunteers donated 277 hours of their time to help with the planting effort.
When completed, the River’s Edge project will renew historical riparian habitat and improve the overall health of the river, including salmon recovery for key species like Chinook salmon, summer chum, bull trout, and steelhead. The new setback levee around River’s Edge will also double as a walking path, allowing community members to witness the growth of the forest they have planted and nurtured.