We’re happy to report that the fence is finally complete, enabling San Juan County to plant some 1,200 trees to create a wooded buffer zone along the creek. Members of the Islands Conservation Corps and Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group helped plant the first set of dormant cuttings inside the new fence. They planted Pacific ninebark, Scouler’s willow, and twinberry, sometimes in shin-deep water! Plans are to meet again this winter to add red alder, shore pine, Douglas spirea, and red-osier dogwood. Wild rose and snowberry shrubs, already present at this site, will expand naturally. Due to their robust nature, all of the species mentioned should be able to handle both months of winter flooding with months of summer drought.