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Skagit Riparian Buffer Incentives Pilot Project

Skagit Riparian Buffer Incentives Pilot Project

Client: Skagit Watershed Council 

Case Study: Peak staff worked with the Skagit Watershed Council, the Skagit Conservation District, and the Washington State Conservation Commission to evaluate a range of riparian vegetation incentive programs providing agricultural landowners with funding and assistance for riparian buffers. Our team conducted desk research and interviewed a diverse pool of individuals working in the conservation field to assess the value and influence of those incentive programs.

Impact: Our team assembled a comprehensive package of recommended program improvements for consideration by the state agencies that administer the riparian vegetation incentive programs. Effective riparian management is important to salmon survival. Trees provide shade, retain sediment, improve water quality, and increase biodiversity. Additionally, encouraging voluntary programs that plant and maintain vegetative habitats assists with climate adaptation.

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