Celebration planned for salmon habitat restoration

The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service will celebrate the completion of the Harris River salmon habitat restoration with a field tour and festivities on Thursday. The day-long event is free.

The Harris River fish habitat restoration project restored more than 11 miles of salmon streams, improved fish passage and reduced erosion on more than 8 miles of roads. It also enhanced local trails and restored more than 400 acres of forest by thinning second-growth trees.

“When you see salmon in a restored pool on Harris River, you’re seeing the benefits of watershed restoration firsthand,” said Randy Hagenstein, state director of The Nature Conservancy in Alaska. “A lot of dedicated people have worked hard to make this project happen, and I thank them for their long-term commitment to improving forest health.”

The schedule of events is as follows:

10 a.m. — Presentation on the Harris River restoration project at Craig High School

11 a.m. — A tour of the watershed project departs Craig High School. Lunch and transportation will be provided.

2 p.m. — Ceremony to give Fubar Creek the Haida name “gandlaay haanaa,” meaning “beautiful creek.”

5 p.m. — An evening dinner and awards ceremony with a performance by the Klawock Heenya Tlingit Indian Dancers and a presentation by photographer Amy Gulick. Her talk marks the opening of a photo exhibit based on her book “Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska’s Tongass Rain Forest” at Craig High School.

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