Fir Island Farm Restoration

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) owns approximately 264 acres of upland in the vicinity of Browns Slough, Dry Slough and Claude Davis Slough (Fir Island Farm) in the Skagit River delta that is currently managed as a reserve for Snow Geese. Approximately 240 acres of the site are farmed. Natural tidal exchange to the site has been eliminated by dikes running along the bay front and along the southeastern side of Browns Slough. This altered tidal prism combined with deposition of sedimentparticles of clay, silt, sand, gravel, or cobble, transported by water, are called sediment. eroded from adjacent farm fields has greatly reduced tidal channel and marsh habitat compared to historic conditions both inside and outside of the dikes. Currently there are tide gates that allow for upland drainage but block fish passage through the dikes at Browns Slough, Claude O. Davis Slough and Dry Slough. The historic connection between Claude O. Davis Slough and Dry Slough has also been eliminated.