with submerged bottom will help restore sensitive fish habitat.
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Skagit Conservation District and
The Pilchuck Tree Farm
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) offered by NRCS.
Pilchuck Tree Farm has begun the process of improving stream crossings to allow
fish passage to valuable upstream habitat. This process is long and arduous,
with permitting, design, and construction complexities that are both difficult
and time consuming.
Gale Mayer, the
NRCS planner for this EQIP contract, says “Despite the need for input from
specialists, engineers, and other agencies, this project has been successfully
installed.” Two crossings were improved, two with new culverts to replace the
The project was
designed by engineers with the Snohomish Conservation District under a
contribution agreement task order. “This task order allowed for experienced non-
NRCS engineers to complete designs with overview from NRCS. Erica Fifer, NRCS
engineer, states “the conservation district engineers did a great job and saved
me time that I could use to work on other projects.”
Gale Mayer, Lake
Stevens Field Office, (425) 334-2828 ext. 105