Habitat Restoration & Monitoring



The ENR Restoration Team actively collaborates with local stakeholders and citizen volunteers in the Snoqualmie and Sammamish Watersheds to restore degraded habitat conditions for critical fish and wildlife species including federally listed Chinook salmon and the imperiled native kokanee populations in Lake Sammamish.

Salmon rely on healthy stream-side forests to shade and cool water, recruit fallen logs, and create complex shorelines where juvenile fish can rest out of the current. The Restoration team restores these habitats for salmon and other wildlife by removing noxious weeds, installing native plants, and removing barriers to fish passage.

A focus of this work also includes restoration of traditional knowledge by reestablishing native plant communities used by the Snoqualmie people for harvests and medicines since time immemorial. This is accomplished through noxious weed removal, native re-vegetation, large woody debris placement, fish passage barrier removal and trail building.

Restoration Program staff regularly recruit volunteers from the local and tribal community to help with restoration activities. Volunteers work on planting native plants, invasive species removal and care and maintenance of habitat restoration projects. While working with our team to restore these ecosystems, community members learn about native plants and restoration methods. We have seen volunteers within the community take ownership of projects as they watch them grow. Many of the same volunteers continue to come back and volunteer.

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Kokanee Salmon

Zackuse Creek Restoration Volunteer Event

October 21, 2018

"5 things that would improve salmon habitat in our watersheds"

Brought to you by King County Natural Resources & Parks and the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum.

King County Noxious Weeds Blog
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Habitat Restoration & Monitoring Resources

Noxious Weeds Resources

Snoqualmie Tribe Noxious Weed Program

Find King County and Washington State Noxious Weed resources and applications for identifying and reporting noxious weeds in Washington State. Click on the link above to learn more.

Adult Salmonid Monitoring

Adult Salmonid Monitoring Program

Click on the link above and learn more about what the Snoqualmie Tribe is doing to monitor and maintain our local salmon populations.

"Finding Reciprocity in Restoration: Restoration Practices of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe" Story Map Resource

“Finding Reciprocity in Restoration: Restoration Practices of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe”

The Snoqualmie Peoples and other local Tribes have been stewards of Western Washington since time immemorial, and that work is still continued today. Rather than forcing the land to become something it’s not, we live with the land.

This story map shows one of the many ways we are continuing stewardship of the land in our traditional territory.

King County Kokanee Habitat Blueprint Resource

King County Kokanee Habitat Blueprint Handout

To learn more about The Blueprint, visit

For more information on the Lake Sammamish Kokanee
Work Group, visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/animalsAndPlants/salmon-and-trout/kokanee/kokanee-workgroup.aspx

Or contact David St. John, Lake Sammamish Kokanee Work Group at 206-477-4517 or david.st.john@kingcounty.gov