Bountiful salmon runs in Whatcom County are the goal of bountiful work by volunteers each year for Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA).
The community-based nonprofit began in 1990 when the Legislature formed the Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group program. NSEA focuses on the Nooksack River watershed to restore sustainable wild salmon runs in the county.
Volunteers play a crucial role, with about 2,500 people helping each year. Volunteers plant trees and shrubs by creeks, assist as field educators and board members, and help in the office and do other work.
“NSEA is a small but mighty organization where volunteers are the critical component to getting things done,” says Annitra Peck, program director.
Community planting parties take place Saturdays in the spring and fall. No reservations are needed, and people of all ages can participate.
The next work party is 9 a.m. to noon May 30 at Little Squalicum Creek. People should park in the lower parking lot at Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave., and follow the NSEA signs. For updates, go to n-sea.org and click on “get involved.”