Ducks Unlimited is working with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to restore and enhance wetland habitat on the Cherry Valley Unit of the Snoqualmie Wildlife Area, located approximately 20 miles east of Seattle, Washington. As part of this project, DU will construct a levee, install a water control structure/fish ladder, and complete several other tasks that will significantly improve the quality of waterfowl habitat on the site. The Cherry Valley project offers an excellent opportunity to greatly improve habitat for waterfowl and provide significant benefits for other species, including threatened and endangered salmon.
At the present time, the wildlife area is heavily infested with reed canarygrass, which greatly diminishes the value of habitat available for waterfowl. After completion of this project, migrating and wintering habitat conditions will be greatly enhanced. Waterfowl hunting is allowed on this site and hunting opportunties will significantly improve. DU has already secured a grant from the Pacific Salmon Commission for the project and is in the process of securing additional funding under a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant. The total cost estimate for the project is approximately $500,000. Construction is currently scheduled for August 2006.