A bucket brigade spontaneously forms on the banks of a local creek to transport mulch to newly planted native trees and shrubs during a 2015 Community Work Party.
ANNUAL REPORT 2015
2015 by the Numbers The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring sustainable wild salmon runs in Whatcom County. Looking Back Over 25 Years In the late 1980s, a group of concerned volunteers gathered and agreed to work together to try to reverse the trend of salmon decline in Whatcom County. In 1991, NSEA officially incorporated as a nonprofit organization, and became one of 14 Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups in Washington State. Growth in the 1990s brought NSEA from a fledgling volunteer-run organization to the staff -supported organization that we are today. We have remained focused on engaging our community in the process of salmon recovery in Whatcom County throughout the past 25 years. Though we are trying to work ourselves out of a job, we are here for the long term to ensure that salmon recovery is successful.
in 50 community work parties
included more than 12 miles of creek habitat
and shrubs planted
supported NSEAâ€™s diverse programs
contributed by volunteers
57 teachers, & 250 parent chaperones educated from 26 schools
made along the Nooksack River by 3 River Steward interns
LARGE WOODY DEBRIS STRUCTURES
NEW RESTORATION PROJECTS
installed to improve salmon habitat
of streambank improved
removed, opening up 0.3 miles of previously blocked habitat.
maintained covering 3.4 miles
Letter From the Director Dear Friends, I believe that every one of us should be able to see salmon in our local creeks; NSEA works for that right. We rely on salmon for food, recreation, jobs, cultural identity and social tradition; itâ€™s an NSEA goal to make sure we always can. These iconic fish are both symbolic of what we love, and a barometer of the health of Whatcom County. This year, NSEA is thrilled to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Since our inception, we have worked hard to help salmon and people thrive, and ensure that our natural landscape is healthy. I am awed when I go to one of our older restoration sites and see a creek that was once choked with invasive grass transformed into a flourishing ecosystem where salmon and other wildlife thrive. I also appreciate receiving enthusiastic calls from people to let us know that they just saw a salmon swimming in a creek for the first time in 10, 20 or in some cases more than 50 years. In 2015, we continued to educate and engage our community and completed restoration projects in local streams. In addition, with the generosity of tremendously supportive donors, NSEA purchased property in July of 2015 for a permanent base-of-operations! Since then, we have been working to make modifications to the property and buildings so it meets our current and projected needs. We plan to incorporate a community meeting room, an equipment shop, and a native plant demonstration garden to our facility. The end goal of these investments is to provide NSEA with a foundation from which to plan and work for the long term. When we look back, we are filled with gratitude for everyone in our community who has helped us accomplish so much in the past 25 years. Thank you. But our work is not done. We are also looking forward to ensure we are strategic and intentional so that we maximize the impact we can make to benefit salmon, our community, and the health of Whatcom County. I hope you will continue to help NSEA meet its mission; volunteer your time, support us financially, complete a restoration project at your home, plant a tree at a community work party or simply tell us what you think is important so that your voice is heard. We look forward to learning what matters to you and how we can work together to ensure the success of salmon recovery. With tremendous gratitude,
Rachel Vasak Executive Director
photo credit: Jessica Newley 3
Community Work Party Program Our community work parties are a real way to directly improve salmon habitat. In addition, work parties are productive, fun, participatory and an informative way to get involved with on-the-ground restoration. Thousands of volunteers (this year 2,066) from all walks of life and all ages came together on Saturday mornings during the fall and spring planting seasons to transform the landscape so that it is healthier for salmon, other wildlife and people.
You’re getting dirty and it’s real and you are connecting with people in the community and you are accomplishing a lot in just a couple of hours so it’s definitely something I am going to continue.
Alyssa Voelker, NSEA Community Work Party Volunteer
On Make A Difference Day, NSEA partnered with the City of Bellingham and 267 volunteers to plant native trees and shrubs along the city’s Squalicum Creek Re-Route Project.
A private landowner hosted 71 people of all ages along Deer Creek behind the family’s home to plant the streambank with native trees and shrubs. 4
Education Spotlight The Students for Salmon Program is the heart and soul of NSEA’s education work. During this science based program, we provide a critical first connection to salmon habitat for students attending public, private, tribal and homeschool cooperative schools throughout Whatcom County. It’s a combination of classroom instruction and outdoor exploration where students get the chance to learn about salmon AND take action (with native plants, shovels and their own hands!) to build healthy habitat. Even more, we work diligently to secure funding to ensure that local youth have access to this high quality pro gram at no cost to schools or the parents of students.
Our students love studying aquatic insects during their Stream Exploration Field Trip!
Outdoor learning + Mud + Baby Trees = Happy Kids, Happy Salmon!
In 2015 we increased opportunities for students to take action to improve salmon habitat through our Restoration Field Trips.
Curriculum Adapts to Next Gen Science Standards in 2015! This past year NSEA staff and education committee members updated and released a newly revised and formatted Students for Salmon Curriculum that supports the Next Generation Science Standards. These standards are newly adopted by WA State and are set to be implemented in the 2016-2017 school year. NSEA’s curriculum revisions in 2015 will provide leadership and support to a growing community of educators committed to nurturing the next generation of environmental decision makers. We are excited to be part of this shift which recognizes the important role informal environmental education plays to link students with science and their environment. 5
Salmon Habitat Restoration Over Time Not looking good. 2002
Doing the work. 2003
Function improved. 2008
Functioning even better. 2016
Kendall Creek, a tributary of the North Fork Nooksack River, was choked with invasive Reed Canarygrass, which resulted in poor salmon habitat.
NSEA Crew members removed the invasive grass, replanted the streambank with native trees and shrubs, added spawning gravel for adult fish, and tree trunks with root wads to stabilize the banks and provide places for salmon to hide.
Kendall Creek six years after restoration work was completed: The water temperature has dropped, the invasive grass is nearly gone, the aquatic insect population has grown, and most importantly salmon are regularly seen in the creek.
Now fully wrapped in the shade of native vegetation with the large tree trunks and spawning gravel still in place, this section of Kendall Creek provides a prime example of what we expect our restoration efforts to achieve over time.
OVER TIME, THIS IS WHAT WE EXPECT AS A RESULT OF OUR RESTORATION WORK.
Salmon need cool water temperatures to thrive. Temperature decreases as trees grow and shade the water.
Plant diversity increases and plants mature in size. Natural reseeding occurs and more and more shade is provided.
Aquatic insect diversity and numbers increase providing the food that young salmon depend on when the yolk sack is exhausted.
Water clarity increases as more fine sediment is trapped by plant roots and LWD, improving water quality for salmon and aquatic insects.
PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS DURING THE YEAR Type
Thornton (Landowner) Smith Creek
Installed Large Woody Debris (LWD) on the edge of Smith Creek, resloped and planted native trees and shrubs along the streambank by hand.
Whatcom Land Trust (Landowner) South Fork of Nooksack River
Planted 500 feet of streambank near the South Fork of the Nooksack River at the Catalyst and Riverstead properties.
The Students of Salmon Program
1,356 students educated at no cost to schools. We welcomed 9 NEW schools this year! Students planted 671 native trees with the support of 250 parent chaperones.
Berg (Landowner) Terrell Creek
Installed LWD along Terrell Creek, resloped and planted the streambank with native plants from NSEA’s own nursery stock.
Nooksack River Stewards
Three interns provided salmon education to visitors of the North Fork Nooksack River, presenting to rafting groups and leading interpretive walks.
Ellis (Landowner) Terrell Creek
Installed LWD along a 200 foot section of Terrell Creek to provide better habitat for salmon.
Stream Stewards Program
Thank you work party volunteers (over 2000) for your hard work this year. We are doing it! And we’re making it meaningful and fun!
Water Quality Monitoring
NSEA monitors the water quality in Cain Creek near Blaine, WA and with student help from two local high schools, Schell Creek near Ferndale, WA.
Mullen (Landowner) Terrell Creek
Resloped and planted streambank while we installed 6 wood structures in a reach of 400 feet.
Spawning Grounds Surveys
We surveyed 18 reaches totaling 12 miles of local streams.
This was our 3rd year offering viewing tours – even one on the beaches of North Chuckanut Bay!
Nagra (Landowner) Squalicum Creek Tributary
Significant upgrade to the size and strength of 3 barrier culverts to improve fish passage along a tributary of Squalicum Creek.
Citizen Action Training School (CATS)
NSEA coordinated a regional program that taught 127 citizens from all around Puget Sound to engage their communities in a wide variety of restoration focused projects.
BP Cherry Point (Landowner) Terrell Creek
Invasive plant removal, riparian planting, mulching and caging along 400 feet of Terrell Creek.
Anderson and City of Lynden (Landowners) .Nooksack River Tributaries
Blackberry removal followed by the reintroduction of native plants along tributaries of the lower Nooksack River.
Green (Landowner) Deer Creek
Revegetation of a 200 foot section along Deer Creek which flows into Tenmile Creek.
*LWD stands for large woody debris. It’s presence is important in the formation of pools which serve as salmon habitat in the Pacific Northwest. It is also used to stabilize streambanks and adds to overall complexity of stream habitat. Restoration
Financial Summary STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION
STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES
Support & Revenue
January - December 2015
January - December 2015
SUPPORT & REVENUE
Cash & Short Term Investments
Temporarily Restricted Donations
Total Support & Revenue
Investments Inventory & Prepaid Expenses NSEA Property Other Assets Total Assets LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS LIABILITIES
Accounts Payable Accrued Expenses
Line of Credit
Management and General
Long Term Liabilities
Total Functional Expenses
Change in Net Assets Before NWSRF
Unrestricted Net Assets Temporarily Restricted Net Assets Permanently Restricted Net Assets
2,010,380 792,979 88,618
Donations to NWSRF Investment Income Unrealized Gain/Loss on Stocks
Expenses 6% 10% 34%
1,500 58,286 (118,810)
Total Net Assets
Total NWSRF Revenue
Total Liabilities and Net Assets
Change in Net Assets
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN PROGRESS $1,200,000 $1,000,000 2015
Toward the end of 2015 generous donors provided the support necessary for the campaign to surpass the one million dollar milestone bringing the $1.2M goal into clear view. Following the successful purchase of the property (in July) our attention turned toward completing an important list of projects required by our Conditional Use Permit. The final phase, property customization to improve its effectiveness, is projected to be complete midway through 2016.
Fundraising Management Volunteer & Membership Education & Outreach Habitat Restoration Monitoring & Assessment
People of NSEA BOARD Dave Beatty PRESIDENT Phelps McIlvaine VICE PRESIDENT Analiese Burns SECRETARY Nicole Barrett TREASURER Jeremy Brown RFEG REPRESENTATIVE Dorie Belisle Ken Carrasco Matthew Clark Leif Embertson Kati Johnson Mike McRory Paula McCandlis Rob Rich STUDENT Steve Seymour Jerry Smith Mitchell Anderson STUDENT Alexa Jones STUDENT
WASHINGTON CONSERVATION CREW ‘14 - ‘15
Zach Shirk SUPERVISOR Brady Lester ASSISTANT Brian Lindsay ASSISTANT Annie England Cassie Castrejon Riley Hills
STAFF Dave Barker RESTORATION TECHNICIAN (RETIRED) Rachel Benbrook PROGRAM MANAGER Darrell Gray PROJECT MANAGER Riley Hills RESTORATION TECHNICIAN Gwen Hoops MONITORING TECHNICIAN Amy Johnson BOOKKEEPER Kate Kimber MONITORING TECHNICIAN Maggie Long EDUCATION MANAGER Annitra Peck PROGRAM DIRECTOR Adrian Shulock DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Kate Underwood FINANCIAL MANAGER Rachel Vasak EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
PROGRAM INTERNS Josiah Anderson Mitch Anderson Simon Bakke Will Bigbee-Hansen Rachel Blyth Joe Brockman Taylor Bunch Zack Bursell Tyler Campbell Colton Charlton Erin Donahou Casey Duncan Emily Eckroth Julia Ensign Ben Hagedorn Steve Harvey Nate Hawkins Charlie Hohlbein Coli Huffman Katie Johnson
Alexa Jones Isabella Kharrazi Nicole Lorence Alison Lubeck Niki Miller Isabelle Muth Joe Nolting Meichen Plumhoff Rob Rich Troy Riling-Anderson Wyatt Roman Zach Seilo Max Silver Carson Swart Maya Tims Alyssa Voelker Ben Williams Sean Wu Fischer Young Ambrose Zhi
AMERICORPS MEMBERS Tracy Pennel ‘14 / ‘15 MONITORING Claire Woodward ‘14 / ‘15 EDUCATION Kelley James ‘14 / ‘15 RESTORATION Cameron Coronado ‘15 / ‘16 MONITORING Cori Schleich ‘15 / ’16 EDUCATION Lauren Murphy ‘15 / ’16 STEWARDSHIP Ben Saari ‘15 / ’16 RESTORATION
‘15 - ‘16
Zach Shirk SUPERVISOR Dayna Stuart ASSISTANT Andrew Budihaus Christine Cleghorn Eleanor Harris Emma Malpeso
Fortna, Ryan and Kari
Johansen, Julie & Bob Moles
Bellingham Cold Storage
Fourth Corner Fly Fishers
Johnson, John & Lylene
Bellingham Puget Sound Anglers
Fourth Corner Nurseries
Johnson, Rich and Lylene
Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account
Freeland & Associates, Inc.
Johnston, Robert & Lynne Oulman
BP Cherry Point Refinery
Bethke, Steve and E.V.
Frey, Deb & John
Jorgensen, Jim & Patricia
BP Corporation North America Inc.
Gale, George and Nancy
Captain Planet Foundation
Gillett, Bruce & Sylvia
City of Blaine
Bodensteiner, Leo & Teresa
Gilliam, Karen & Jerry
City of Ferndale
Gillis, Mataio and Jessica
Keenan, Don & Joy
D.V. & Ida McEachern Charitable Trust
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Brabec, Bruce and Marlene Robinson
Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund
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National Oceanic and
Granger, Debbie and Pete
Keyes, H. Craig & Julianne
Kolin, R.J. & H. R.
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Brighton, Frederick & Jennifer
Green Frog Nursery
Krause, Al & Ruth Higgins
Brownfield, Beth & Jerry
Krebs, Rich and Linda
Puget Sound Partnership
Bryant, Bob & Wilma
Recreation and Conservation Office
Grochmall, Lee and Tom Fryer
The ERM Foundation
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United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Kyle, Jim & Kathy
USDA Forest Service
Carpenter, Keith and Lynne Givler
Ingram, Walt and Lee
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
Washtington Native Plant Society
Chandler, Laura Emerson
Harmer, Myra and Terry
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Western Native Trout Initiative
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Harris, Robert & Janet
Lane, Sarah & Glenn
Whatcom Community Foundation
Whatcom Community Foundation Lee &
Confluence Environmental Company
Hecht, Tannia & Emil
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Courtenay Excavating Inc.
Herdman, Harry & Liz
Lawrence, George and Barbara Schickler
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Lee, Jessica and Michael Bellis
Curry, John & Barbara
Higgins, Michael and Shelley
Legoe Bay Fisheries, Inc.
Cypher, Brian & Ellen
Lester & Hydahl PLLC
Whatcom Conservation District
Daughters, Terry & Joeen
DeSoer, Steve and Barbara
Hirst, Eric & Susan
Linnemann Family Foundation
Lohse, Klaus and Peggy
Hollingsworth, Jackie & Bob
Loober, Deborah CPA
Directions in Research
Hooper, David & Susan Debari
Lord, Donald & June
Douglas, Tim & Joanne
Lost River Winery, LLC
Eastham, Mary Lu
Louws, Cindy and Jack
Eker, Andrew and Mary Kay Hughes
Howard Denson Excavating
Andresen, Victor and Jean
Elaine McRory Creations
Elaine & Robert Lang Foundation, Inc.
Lummi Island Wild
Artz, Megan and Dave Brannon
Eldridge, Max & Carol
Aslan Brewing Company LLC
Ellingston, John A
Hunger, Don & Ginny Broadhurst
MacConnell, Craig and J.P.
Barker, David & Karen
Ingram, Mauri L
Mackiewicz, Eli and Colleen Mitchell
Espeland, Dennis & Karen
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Estate of Anne E. Atkeson
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Jacobson, Abram & Carole
James Luce Services
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Jayme Curley & David Curley Foundation
McCandlis, Paula and Joe Dozal
RaVae Luckhart Environmental Fund Whatcom Community Foundation Pitts Sportsmenâ€™s Fund Whatcom Community Foundation Sustainable Whatcom Fund
THANK YOU! McGinty, Penny
McIlvaine, Phelps & Amy
Rock and Rye
Eterna - Family Portrait Session
Great Harvest Bread
McManus, Jeff and Carolyn
Roy, Simmons, Smith & Parsons PS
Warinner, Robert J
Green Frog Nursery
McRory, Eric and Erin Simpson
Rutter, Dave and Patti
McRory, Mike & Elaine
Washington State University
Meyers, Debby & Barry
Watts, Bill & Sarah
Schayes, Milt & Sharon
Miller, Milissa F. & Fred
Webber, Bert & Susan
Scherrer, Wendy Wollam
Weber, Liz & Ken Lane
Lester & Hyldahl attorneys at law
Scott Vasak Construction Inc
LFS Marine and Outdoor
Self, Phyllis and Charlie
Weimer, Carl & Carol
Shields, Mary Ellen
Lost River Winery
Shulock, Adrian & Suzanne Gray
Montessori at Samish Woods
Silicon Valley Foundation Tesoro
Simmons, Alice & Jerry
Whatcom Co School of Retirees
Whatcom Environmental Services
Mountain Veterinary Hospital
Slocum, Thomas & Judy Dudley
Mueller, Karl & Karen
Widman, DDS, Steven
Murphy, Roger & Naomi
Smith, Michelle & John
Wiley, Carrie & Eric
NW Ecological Services
Myers, Gene & Mardi Solomon
Old World Deli
Neal, John A.
Wilmore, Thomas J. and Linda McGee
Network for Good
Wilson, Jake & Patrice
Puget Sound Energy
Nielsen Bros, Inc.
Nolting, Joe and Anne
Spyderweb Media, Inc.
Wiseman, Gerald & Anita
Northside Dental Care
Starno, Michael & Barbara
Roy, Simmons, Smith & Parsons, P.S.
Northwest Ecological Services
Wood, Ed & Beth
NSEA Program Team 2015
Sweet, Melinda and Bob Gudmundson
Wright, William and Patrice Clark
Swenson, Mary & Hal Thurston
Seafood Producers Cooperative
Paige, Shoshana and Gerry Coleman
Talbot, Stowe & Nina
Yeager’s Sporting Goods
Shake and Shine
Thompson, Eleanor M
Young, Bill & Jenny Maida-Young
Peck, Annitra & Tobi
Thompson, John N & Julie Shultz
Puget Sound Energy
Trinkaus, Jillian & Stephen
Tryon, Peter & Meg Hayes
Bellingham Millwork Supply Co.
Vital Choice Seafood and Organics
Tucker Family Foundation
Boundary Bay Brewery
Tucker, Richard D
Turnbaugh, John & Gerre
Yeagers Sporting Goods
Rhodes, Alan & Susan
Chums of Terrell Creek
Rietman, Floyd & Alice
Vasak, Ryan & Rachel
Roberts, John and Wendy
Confluenece Fly Shop
Roberts, Melissa & Craig Cooper
Vassdal, Berit & Thomas
Curt Maberry Farm
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Robinson, Joseph and Mary Kathryn
Veterane Family Fund
Drayton Harbor Oyster Company
The Baglery The Community Food Co-op
25 years & 400 projects.
A tremendous thank you to the NSEA community: partners, donors, grantors, landowners, students, board members, committee members and the thousands of volunteers for making all of this possible.
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