On Saturday morning the 29th of October, Twin Rivers Ranch Preserve was opened to the public for a rare peek. Conserved by Capitol Land Trust and partners in 2010, this preserve is a beautiful 133-acre property at the north end of Oakland, nestled between Cranberry and Deer creeks. There is a historic barn, hay field, and 2/3 of a mile of shoreline. The creeks support five species of salmon and provide vital wildlife habitat.
In the pouring rain, about 20 participants took part in this event both young and old. Two of the youngest spectators were two-and-a-half-year-old Noah and Halland. They reported seeing several fish and that they would like to touch one of them. For Halland, this was the 3rd year in a row that he has been out to view salmon runs with his parents. Conservation and stewardship are a tradition in this family. In 2009, Halland’s grandfather donated the Brothers Beach Conservation Easement located on the Hood Canal to Capitol Land Trust.
Cranberry Creek was running fast and clear and the chum salmon put on a show for everyone. Watching the salmon swim upstream gives a sense of awe and wonder. We are humbled by the sight and remember that we must continue to do our part to make it possible for future generations to enjoy these treasures.