An Everett-based nonprofit will plant trees returned to them along nearby salmon runs.
EVERETT, Washington – If you’re still on the hunt for a Christmas tree, a local nonprofit is hoping you will consider adopting one of theirs and saving the salmon at the same time.
The Adopt a Stream Foundation’s Northwest Stream Center offers five varieties of trees, Sitka Spruce, Western Red Cedar, Western Hemlock or Douglas Fir, available in pots. After the holidays, trees returned to the Northwest Stream Center will be planted alongside local salmon streams.
“They will do great things for the planet and the salmon will sink in the northwest for hundreds and hundreds of years,” said Tom Murdoch, executive director of the Adopt a Stream Foundation.
The “Holiday Trees for Salmon” program has grown in popularity over the years. The foundation had 300 trees to adopt at the start of the season, and now there are only 60 left with two weeks remaining in the program.
“Why cut down a tree for the sake of a month when you could take care of a tree that could live up to 800 years in good conditions? Said Kelly Singleterry of the Adopt a Stream Foundation.
The trees will help control erosion, stabilize stream banks, shade and cool the water for returning salmon.
Murdoch says improving salmon habitat will have a ripple effect on other parts of the ecosystem. Salmon are an important key species in the Pacific Northwest and are a vital food source for southern resident killer whales, bears, seals and large birds of prey, according to the National Wildlife Federation.
The Holidays Trees for Salmon program is on the home stretch for this year and the remaining trees are available until they are gone. Wild, living trees are 3 to 5 feet tall and range from $ 40 to $ 100. Reservations are encouraged. Visit their website to choose a time.
Last minute gift ideas are also available at their Nature store, where the proceeds go towards environmental education and salmon stream restoration. The Northwest Stream Center is located at 600 128th St SE, Everett.