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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Ann Marie Finan, Stream Team coordinator, 754-3355 ext.6857

Celebrate Return of Chum Salmon at McLane Creek, Nov. 20

OLYMPIA -- Celebrate the return of chum salmon to the McLane Creek Nature Trail on Sunday, November 20 from noon to 2 p.m. at a special event hosted by Thurston County Stream Team and the State Department of Natural Resources.

Salmon Stewards will be on hand to provide guided tours to the viewing platform and to answer questions about the native, wild run of chum returning to spawn in the creek. Hot cider and snacks will be provided. The celebration will take place rain or shine. Visitors are advised to come dressed for the weather and to wear sturdy boots or shoes.

To get to the McLane Creek Nature Trail, take the Evergreen State College exit from northbound Highway 101. Exit at Mud Bay Road and turn left at the stop sign. Turn left onto Delphi Road. At 3.4 miles, turn right at the McLane Creek Nature Trail sign.

Visitors to the McLane Creek Nature Trail will need to display a Discover Pass when they enter the site because the trail is a state-managed recreation site. For information about how to purchase a $10 per day pass or $30 annual pass, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

Each year, thousands of chum salmon make the long journey home from the ocean to McLane Creek to spawn. The chums' remarkable journey home not only helps sustain their population in south Puget Sound, but also benefits other fish, wildlife and the forests. After the spawned out salmon die, their carcasses feed hundreds of animal species and help fertilize the forest soils and trees.

For additional information, contact Ann Marie Finan at 754-3355 ext. 6857.


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3