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A Pathway to Preservation

Bridging the gap between access & preservation

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WHO WE ARE:

The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) is a community-based, non-profit organization focused on reversing the trend of declining salmon runs in Whatcom County. We enhance river, creek, and riparian habitat while educating people of all ages to provide Pacific salmon & steelhead the best chance at survival.

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Our Success:

Since 1990, NSEA has pursued our mission to engage the community in restoration, education, and stewardship by successfully removing fish passage barriers to allow access and restoring over 400 miles of streams, educating over 20,000 students, and leveraging over 125,000 volunteer hours in efforts to recover salmon habitat.

Our Next Phase:

Restoring the Class-C wetland on the new NSEA property is a priority. The goal is to strategically & delicately develop this plot into a public demonstration site that can be easily accessed by landowners, students, and community members. Our ambition is to create an interpretive & educational path leading to an area flourishing with native wetland shrubs & trees where visitors will learn and be inspired by the restored habitat— discovering the sights, scents, and sounds of our wild, native flora & fauna.

“The Pathway to Preservation Project is important because it demonstrates how restored wetland improves wildlife habitat and hydrology while mitigating the projected impacts of climate change for salmon and other wildlife. This wetland is hydraulically connected to Squalicum Creek. The healthier this and other wetlands are, the healthier the interconnected watershed that surrounds it is.”

Rachel Vasak, NSEA Executive Director

Fueled by their adoration for nature, Joe Clark’s team at Architectural Elements (AE) are joining NSEA in their mission to protect sensitive salmon habitat. Joe & AE have created an eco-friendly access bridge that will be the foundation for the interpretive pathway that will weave through the NSEA restored habitat. This one-of-a-kind, industrial path is innovative, environmentally sensitive, durable, and aesthetically blends with the surrounding landscape. The Pathway to Preservation Project unites Joe’s two greatest talents & passions: the environment and metal fabrication.

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With the Plans and Prototypes nearing completion, we invite you to

Join us in bridging the gap between access & Preservation

By supporting NSEA and Architectural Elements in installing this educational pathway, you will create the opportunity to empower others to savor the beauty of this fragile environment while ensuring that these sensitive wetlands and its connected salmon habitats are well protected.

All gifts are 100% tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Sponsorship BenefitS

JOIN Us

All Sponsorships Include:

  • Company listing in NSEA’s Annual Report

  • Commemorative Thank You Gift for company display

  • Opportunity for NSEA staff to host a Lunch & Learn at your workplace

Sponsorship of $15,000:

  • Customized (with your company’s name and/or Logo) Project Video highlighting your contribution to the project to share on your social media channels

  • Company logo engraved on the NSEA Pathway Signage

  • Inclusion in Press Release sent to local media upon completion of project

  • Mention on NSEA Facebook Page

  • Recognition and link to your website on NSEA’s website

  • Inclusion in donor Thank You Letter

Sponsorship of $10,000:

  • Project Video to share on your social media channels

  • Mention on NSEA Facebook Page

  • Swimming Salmon Bridge Plaque engraved with company name

  • Recognition and link to your website on NSEA’s website

  • Inclusion in donor Thank You Letter

Sponsorship of $5,000:

  • Mention on NSEA Facebook Page

  • Swimming Salmon Bridge Plaque engraved with company name

  • Recognition and link to your website on NSEA’s website

  • Inclusion in donor Thank You Letter

Example of Project Video Quality

Example of Project Video Quality

NSEA Pathway Signage

Swimming Salmon Bridge Plaque

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The Restoration: Details

The Pathway to Preservation Project’s objective is to restore a 2-acre plot of Class-C wetland on our property. This site is currently just a mowed field. Our ambition is to strategically & delicately develop this area into an educational trail, creating a public demonstration site that landowners, students, and community members can easily access. Here we will be able to educate our visitors on how humans can sensitively access our wetlands, how to preserve & restore them, and how these areas affect the surrounding watershed & salmon habitats.

A key centerpiece to this pathway is an elevated footbridge. This bridge will allow pedestrians to cross the site and give us the ability to host instructional gatherings without disturbing the delicate wetland below. This one-of-a-kind, industrial path is durable, environmentally sensitive, innovative, and aesthetically blends with the surrounding landscape.

Support from sponsors like you is essential to this project’s success. Your donations will help fund the access bridge and restoration of this wetland & wetland buffer. This includes the purchase of native trees & shrubs, mulch, and other planting materials, as well as the labor to plant and maintain the them. JOIN US in bridging the gap between access and preservation.

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The Access Bridge: Technical Details

The Access Bridge will be 48-inches wide and approximately 130-feet long. It will wind through the landscape in almost an “S” shape, with a 22-foot diameter, circular platform in the middle.

The Bridge will be supported by GoliathTech helical pilings with adjustable heads. Installation of these pilings will be completed by GoliathTech’s Skagit Valley team. The actual number of pilings will vary based on site conditions and the recommendations of our geoengineers.

The Bridge will have cedar decking; the timbers will stagger horizontally along the bridge. The decking will mount to custom-fabricated, bent I-beams at the edges and a T-bar along the center. The stringers and T-bar will be fastened to cross-bars supported by the helical pilings below.

If you want even more detail, you can view some plans below!


QUESTIONS?

Please contact Rachel Vasak, Executive Director of NSEA.

rvasak@n-sea.org | (360) 715-0283 Ext. 108

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