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Skykomish River

The Skykomish River provides outstanding habitat, scenic and recreation values, but these values are threatened by knotweed invasion and impacted by deforestation in the lower reaches. Native plants are being pushed out impacting water quality and habitat.
Forterra expanded the riparian restoration program to the Skykomish River in 2017. With our partners, we’re aiming to launch a basin-wide knotweed control and revegetation program to protect the Skykomish River’s precious habitat and recreation values.

Healthy rivers depend on healthy riparian buffers – reducing water temperature by increasing shade in the summer months, improving water quality through enhanced functioning of riparian buffers, enhancing native plant communities and improving long–term community stewardship capacity for these riparian environments. 

what is knotweed and why control it?

Knotweed (polygonum spp.) is a bamboo-like, non-native plant that wreaks havoc on properties and ecosystems. Once established, knotweed forms dense stands that crowd out native vegetation and clog small waterways, increasing bank erosion and lowering the quality of riparian habitat for fish and wildlife.
Skykomish Foss River, Forterra

Once established, knotweed forms dense stands that crowd out native vegetation and clog small waterways, increasing bank erosion and lowering the quality of riparian habitat for fish and wildlife. Forterra is working with communities along the Skykomish River, focusing on a long-term plan to manage invasive plants and restore salmon habitat throughout the river system.

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Forterra is working hard with public and private partners to stop the spread of knotweed and other invasive weeds on the Skykomish River, improving and enhancing water quality and wildlife habitat.

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Forterra’s Riparian Restoration team works with dozens of partners, from city and county governments, other nonprofits, community groups and individual landowners. Working at a landscape scale is a huge challenge that requires collaboration. If you are interesting in becoming a partner, contact us today.

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