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Habitat project accomplishments and land use changes in Hood Canal

Substantial work underway

The Hood Canal Coordinating Council focuses on fixing the places salmon live. Some of the projects underway are:

  • South Fork Skokomish River logjams placed to create more fish habitat
  • Sequim Bay shoreline armor removed along a quarter-mile of beach
  • Fish passage barrier removed in Salmon Creek
  • Acquisition and restoration of 11 acres along Snow Creek, adding to the Snow Creek Uncas Preserve
  • Big Quilcene River acquisition and estuary restoration
  • Reconnection of Weaver Creek to the free-flowing Purdy Creek, improving the water quality and oxygen levels that fish need
  • Lower Big Beef Creek restoration to reconnect the creek to its floodplain and restored wetlands

Forested land is changing

Most of the land use change in Hood Canal occurred on forested land. Forest cover losses have been greatest along shorelines in northwestern and southwestern Hood Canal and the southern Kitsap peninsula. These changes primarily are due to logging and residential development. Forest cover has increased or remained relatively stable in the mountainous areas of Hood Canal and on federal- and state-owned lands. Learn more about how Hood Canal forests have changed over time.

Indicator data

Habitat Projects

For more information about habitat project actions, visit the Recreation and Conservation Office’s Habitat Work Schedule and Project Search public databases.

Visit How we measure for background about this data, and our Salmon Data Portal for original source data behind the indicator charts and graphs used throughout this site.