City Light recently acquired 61 acres of land along the Skagit River near Rockport, including approximately 1,500 feet of river frontage in a critical spawning reach of the Skagit River. The property is adjacent to other City Light, Skagit County and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife properties. This acquisition further expands and protects this vital corridor of fish and wildlife habitat.
Denise Krownbell of City Light’s Environment, Land and Licensing Business Unit acquired the property primarily with Salmon Recovery Funding Board grant funds and supplemented by a portion of City Light funds. These funds are targeted at supporting Endangered Species Act listed species, in this case predominately steelhead, through acquisitions of critical areas, particularly those that include spawning and rearing habitat.
“We tried to purchase this property in 2012,” explains Krownbell. “We are glad to finally get this acquisition in our effort to protect and revitalize these ecosystems.”
To learn more about City Light’s commitment to revitalizing and maintaining salmon habitats, visit www.seattle.gov/light/greenest/naturetested.asp.