Herald Net –
The commute on Highway 529 in south Marysville may start to look different this week when more than a hundred trees are scheduled to be cut down along the roadway. Clearing was scheduled to start Monday and is expected to continue for the next couple weeks. There may be lane closures during that time, for safety. The job is being completed by the state Department of Transportation. The goal is to help restore salmon habitat.
Similar work has been happening lately in the Snohomish River basin. While this project has the same purpose, it isn’t related.
Trees are going to be removed from about 12 acres to help rebuild the habitat for fish and other animals, said Ruth Park, a biologist with the Department of Transportation. The tall trees have grown all around Highway 529, blocking views of traffic heading the opposite direction and on I-5. The buffer is going to be taken away from both sides of the highway.
“Most of those trees will be removed,” Park said. “They have to be, so the area can function as an estuary.”
The department has been teaming up with agencies that have done similar work and have an interest in rebuilding the fish habitat. That list includes the Tulalip Tribes and the city of Marysville.