Nature walk focuses on river, salmon, land

The Van Eaton family property along the Mashel River near Eatonville will be the scene of a nature walk this Saturday hosted by Nisqually Land Trust. The one-mile walk from 1 to 3 p.m., described by organizers as a moderate physical demand, will be led by Land Trust representatives through a scenic Douglas fir forest to the former Van Eaton homestead on the banks of the Mashel. The river, which is the largest salmon-producing tributary to the Nisqually River, is the site of salmon-recovery efforts by the Land Trust and the Nisqually Indian Tribe. During the walk, participants will hear about restoration of salmon habitat and the role the Van Eaton property plays in the long-term work. The walk is free, but registration is required at 360-489-3400 or The Nisqually Land Trust safeguards natural areas of the Nisqually River Watershed, including 4,500 acres in an area stretching from Mount Rainier National Park to the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.


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