Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group
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From now through April 20th, the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group (HCSEG) is fundraising through the Kitsap Great Give to support restoration and maintenance of the Union River Estuary Preserve and this trail system. This unique fundraiser matches donations and provides bonus prizes – making your contributions go even farther!

Continual restoration of this habitat allows the return of many species that call the Union Estuary home again. Wildlife including bobcats, foxes, bears, otters, and countless species of birds rely on this dynamic ecosystem ever since HCSEG restored it’s natural function.

The continual maintenance of the trails means our community can witness this amazing rebound of mother nature, as well as our essential connection to the natural world. This space is also used as a tool for HCSEG’s many outdoor environmental education programs for all ages.

Volunteer

We’re seeking volunteers to assist with our Steelhead Project, Chum Outmigration Project and native tree plantings.

30 Years of salmon research, restoration & education in the Hood canal watershed.

The Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group strives to deepen the connection between land, people, and salmon through research, restoration, and education. Our mission is to ensure that wild salmon are once again abundant in the Pacific Northwest.

Duckabush Estuary | Photo Credit: John Knox

30 Years of salmon research, restoration & education in the Hood canal watershed.

The Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group strives to deepen the connection between land, people, and salmon through research, restoration, and education. Our mission is to ensure that wild salmon are once again abundant in the Pacific Northwest.

Duckabush Estuary | Photo Credit: John Knox

Where We Work

With the help of our donors, volunteers, and staff, the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group (HCSEG) participates in restoration and research projects throughout the entire Hood Canal Watershed in the western part of Washington State. These efforts not only benefit local salmon populations, but also support the ecological diversity of this beautiful and scenic natural community.

In addition to habitat restoration and research, HCSEG carries out an assortment of educational programs, supporting students, teachers, and life-long learners. Located next to the Union River estuary, HCSEG’s headquarters, the Salmon Center, has a beautiful, certified organic garden, as well as a variety of farm animals, (llamas, alpacas, chickens, ducks, goats, etc.), to demonstrate how salmon, humans, and agriculture can coexist.

Bring Your class to the salmon center!

Why Salmon, why now?

137 or more local species depend on salmon for their survival, making them a true keystone species and the biological foundation for our local ecosystem. The Pacific Northwest is known across the globe for its towering tree giants, layers of greenery, resident pods of orca whales, and diverse ecosystem made up of countless plants, bugs, animals, and fungi. This could cease to exist as we know it if we do not act swiftly and strategically to protect our threatened wild salmon populations.

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