My good friend, Pam Harris, shared this article with me that talks about a group that was formed, called the Hoh River Trust, to help protect the Hoh river and the wildlife that it inhabits.
Here is the part of the article that, to me, highlights the importance of why the group was formed:
“The Hoh River has been called “a last great American river.”
It is home to one of the healthiest native salmon and steelhead runs in the continental U.S., and famous for its huge trees and rain forests.
It remains untouched by dams, major river diversions or significant hatchery influence.
The Hoh River is one of the larger river systems on the Peninsula, with headwaters on Mount Olympus, then coursing almost 60 miles to the Pacific Ocean.
The first 30 miles and the mouth are protected within Olympic National Park.
And now the 26 miles outside the park are largely protected with conservation easements on state, federal and private lands as well as almost 7,000 acres owned by the Hoh River Trust.
The mission of the Hoh River Trust is to preserve and enhance lands forming a corridor along the river while maintaining public access for fishing, hunting, hiking and boating.” click here for the rest
Here has is the breakdown of what the Trust has done since it was established in 2004:
- $12mm in Federal Grants for land acquisition
- 6,800 acres under HRT ownership
- $1mm in grants for restoration projects
- 29 river miles protected
- 9 fish barriers and blockages removed
- 8 tributary miles opened for fish passage
- 533 acres of forest lands in active restoration
- 1.9 miles of roads decommissioned
- 1066 acres controlled per year for invasive plants
For more information on the Hoh River Trust and how you can get involved: