Tolt River Riparian Enhancement Project, near Carnation, Washington
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Community Salmon Fund
Seattle City Light
The Tolt River Riparian Enhancement Project was a partnership between Seattle City Light and Sound Salmon Solutions targeting invasive weeds and eroding stream edge due to lack of vegetation. The property, owned by Seattle City Light, consists of a 20-acre mixed riparian forest bordered by the right bank of the Tolt River. The purpose of the project was to control invasive butterfly bush, blackberry and Scotch broom on approximately five acres that were over-taking portions of the property and enhance two acres of the existing native riparian forest by installing native trees and shrubs along 1,600 feet of the Tolt River shoreline. The project duration was April 2009 through September 2010. During this timeframe, over five acres of weed control was conducted using manual, mechanical and chemical treatments. After control was achieved, 2.5 acres of riparian forest were planted with 2,700 livestakes, native trees, and shrubs, assisted by 140 community and student volunteers. Community outreach was targeted to 34 landowners living near the Seattle City Light property.