Fir Island Farm Restoration
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The project involves setting back approximately 5,800 lineal feet of existing coastal dike to restore the natural tidal prism of Skagit Bay to approximately 131 of WDFWs 250 acre Fir Island Farm. The project is expected to restore approximately125.5 acres of tidal marsh habitat and5 acres of new tidal channel habitat on site. An additional 12 acres of new tidal channel habitat is expected to develop in the existing adjacent marsh. The project is expected to result in additional carrying capacity for an estimated 65,000 juvenile Chinook annually. The project is also designed to maintain snow goose management, public access, and agriculture capabilities at the farm. Drainage and flood protection for the remaining and neighboring farmland will also be maintained. (From 2014 PRISM Record)
- The project is described in four PRISM records:
- Cattail management (2018)
- PSAR Large Capital Funding (2014) for construction
- Fir Island Farms Final Design Phase 2.3(2013)
- Fir Island Farm Restoration (2012) - this appears to have since been since merged.
- Fir Island Farm Restoration Final Design(2012)
- Fir Island Farm Restoration Feasibility Study(2009)
- Shannon & Wilson 2011 provides feasibility analysis and 30% design on selected alternative.
- WDFW Medium Article
- Monitoring was completed by SRSC - the following files were pulled from PRISM records.
- File:Hood 2019 fir island farms monitoring yr3.pdf - describes structural restoration.
- File:Beamer et al 2018 fir island farms fish monitoring 2015-18.pdf - describes fish monitoring.
- File:WDFW 2015 monitoring adaptive management plan.pdf - published by WDFW at construction.
- File:Porrini 2018 fir island farms invertebrate monitoring.pdf - Skagit Valley College capstone project