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+ pro Mason Conservation District receives three grants Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-7 By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com Salmon in Goldsborough Creek, Oakland Bay, Lynch Cove and Case Inlet are among the fish that will benefit from $1.2 million in grants the Washing- ton Salmon Recovery Funding Board awarded Mason County organizations. In total, organizations in 29 counties were given $18 million in grants to restore salmon habitat, con- serve pristine areas and help bring salmon back from the brink of extinction. "Salmon are important to Washington because they support thousands of jobs in Washington -- fish- ing, seafood processing, boat sales and repair, tour- ism and more," Gov. Jay Inslee said in a news release. "When we restore land and water for salmon, we also are helping our communities. We get less flooding, cleaner water and better beaches. We also make sure our grandchildren will be able to catch a fish or enjoy watching the return of wild salmon." The Capitol Land Trust was awarded $110,925 to conserve habitat on Goldsborough Creek. The Capitol Land Trust will use the grant to buy 420 acres on the North Fork Goldsborough Creek near Shelton. About a half-mile of North Fork Golds- borough Creek and tributaries bisect the land, which contains second-growth forest and wetlands. The land is next to property by the land trust al- ready conserved. The site will provide habitat for steelhead, coho salmon and cutthroat trout. The Capitol Land Trust also received $23,500 to maintain plantings on two of the largest conserved shorelines on Oakland Bay, Twin Rivers Ranch Pre- serve and Oakland Bay Historical Park. The land trust will maintain 12 acres of shoreline plantings on Deer, Cranberry and Malaney creeks. Those creeks support runs of native coho and steelhead, which are listed as threatened with extinction under the federal Endangered Species Act; chum and chinook salmon; and coastal cutthroat trout. The Great Peninsula Conservancy will use a $297,132 grant to restore habitat on the Union River estuary on Lynch Cove in Belfair. The conservancy will remove fill, structures, infrastructures and inva- sive plants; restore the grade to conditions before it was filled in 1973; restore side channel habitat; and plant native trees and bushes. The work will restore about a quarter-mile each of natural shoreline and Photo courtesy of state Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the Recreation and Conservation OffiCe The South Puget Sound Enhancement Group is partnering with Mason Coun . a pson Lumber Co. to replace two culverts that block fish on Like's Creek, a tributary Creek hear Shelton, The group received an $84,900 grant from the Washington nding Board to replace a railroad culvert that has blocked fish f0rabout 100 yea ,i9 .... tidal channels and about 7 acres of tidal march and $2.4 million project. estuary, which is vital habitat to Puget Sound chi- The Mason Conservation District's third grant nook, Hood Canal summer chum and winter steel- provides $352,096 to place 21 logjams in the Holman head. Flats area of the South Fork Skok~h River to im- ....... ;%, ~-- ~,~,::~ ~: The Mason Conservatmn District received three prove habitat for sal ~; i grants The ~~ Enhancement The district will use a $13,617 grant to c0mpl~place a Simp- final designs for a project to enhance up to ~feet:: ~ofi~Isiimbe k, a tributary of shoreline along Case Inlet in Allyn. The project of Goldsborough Creek near Shelton. The culvert has includes removing about 120 feet of shoreline armor and planting shrubs and trees. Steelhead and chi- nook salmon use the shoreline. The district will use a $360,500 grant to design projects in the Skokomish River Basin. The district has already evaluated significant degradation in the river basin and recommended a series of proj- ects. With this grant, the district will begin ing projects to submit to Congress for funding on the blocked fish from passing for about 100 years. The group will contribute $43,000 from another grant and will partner with Mason County to remove a second blocking culvert further upstream. PUD 3 commissioner appointed to national board STAFF REPORT sists APPA in promoting federal Pacific Northwest utility trade news@masoncoun~com legislation that is important to groups and on boards for public- public-power utilities like PUD power consortiums. Mason County PUD 3 Com- 3, and works to protect utilities Gott was the first woman elect- missioner Linda Gott was recent- from harmful legislation. It also ed to the PUD 3 commission in its ly appointed to a three-year term provides advice on other issues of 75-year history. on the Policy Makers Council of importance to the national organi- APPA is based in Washington, the American Public Power As- zation. D.C. It is the service organization sociation (APPA) Board of Direc- Gott was elected to the Mason for the nation's more than 2,000 tors. County PUD 3 Board of Commis- community-owned electric utili- Gott previously served a one- sioners in 1999 and is in her third ties. Collectively, these utilities year term on the board, six-year term. She has served in serve more than 47 million Ameri- The 40-member council as- a variety of leadership roles with cans. I :jl ' '1' $ll ;I,'li '1v 741w. Oo,den,:'heasan, Rd. She,ton WA 98584 iiiiiiiiiii i (360) 426-0933 Mercedes Goebel, M.D. Obstetrics an d :Gyrte :i Mountain View Women's lth and Mason General Hospital are pleased to welcome Dr. Mercedes Goebel to their team of quality health care providers. Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Goebel has a special n~erest in adolescent women's care anG contraception management. She - received her medical degree from SUNY Medica Center, New York in 2001; and completed her internship and residency program at Jackson Memorial Hosoital/ Health System, Florida. Dr. Goebe is currenuy accepting new patients ano can be reacned for an appointment Dy calling Mountain View Women's Health at (360) 426-0955. Mason General Hospital Mountain View Women's Health (360) 426-0955 2300 Kati Court, Ste. A, Shelton, WA 98584 www.MasonGeneral.com m