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Enhancing habitat
October 21st, 2019

Enhancing habitat

What appeared to be a daunting task was accomplished in short order last Saturday as some 80 volunteers including children dedicated themselves to the task of planting 1,400 trees on a stretch of Fidalgo Island shoreline. Within about two hours this impressive volunteer team planted several varieties of trees on a 3-acre parcel near the March’s Point shoreline. The event represented a partnership  project including the Skagit Conservation District, Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group, Ducks Unlimited and Shell Puget Sound Refinery. The property is owned by Shell, which was represented by a number of employees, some with families. Others among the tree-planters were members of local Cub Scout packs and the Robotics team from Anacortes School District. The newly planted area will serve as a buffer between refinery, farmland and an estuary where fresh water meets saltwater. Pictured here is one of numerous parent-child teams participating in the event.

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About Photographer Steve Berentson

A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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