Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group

Current habitat projects

HCSEG conducts habitat restoration projects along the entire Hood Canal watershed. In partnership with other groups, tribes, and organizations, we are able to make significant change to vital steelhead and salmon habitat.

Duckabush estuary restoration

The Duckabush Estuary Restoration Project is an effort to improve the Duckabush estuary ecosystem, creating more viable habitat for salmon, shellfish, waterfowl and more. This project may also benefit the local community by reducing severe flooding events that occur at the mouth of the Duckabush river.

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sweetwater creek waterwheel park

Sweetwater Creek Waterwheel Park is a renovation and expansion of a park project on Sweetwater Creek next to Belfair Elementary School and across highway 3 from the Mary E. Theler Wetlands Nature Preserve Center. This park will include the only freshwater ADA fishing access in Mason County.

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Big Quilcene river: the lower 1 mile

We are taking a holistic, community-up approach when it comes to habitat restoration on the Big Quilcene River. We are still in the planning stages, but we are grateful for the Quilcene community partnerships we have already made. 

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Riparian Enhancement & Knotweed Control

Our organization has been working with local land owners to conduct surveys and treatment within the Hood Canal watershed for the noxious weed known as knotweed (Polygonum spp.). These plants are non-native, aggressive…

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Big Beef Creek & Estuary

The goal of the Big Beef Estuary Acquisition project is to protect 303 acres of estuary, freshwater wetland and riparian habitat critical to coho salmon, ESA listed Hood Canal Summer Chum Salmon and ESA listed Puget Sound steelhead.

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Seabeck creek restoration

Seabeck Creek is one of four Hood Canal Intensively Monitored Watersheds (IMW). The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife IMW program is designed as a Before-After Control-Impact (BACI) study in order to determine whether and how habitat restoration activities influence abundance of salmon and steelhead.

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Little Quilcene River

Brush Plant Road Reach Restoration – The 1/3 mile reach of the Little Quilcene River between Center Road and Highway 101 had been channelized for agriculture and residential development, resulting in one long riffle that provided neither stable spawning…

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Union River Estuary Restoration

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/Pacific Northwest Salmon Center is working to restore 31 acres of previously filled estuary…

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