Clam garden work day Monday part of Salish Summit at Swinomish


Bill Reynolds

BUILDING A ROCK GARDEN ONE STONE AT A TIME – When hundreds gather together, best to plan a work party. That is what the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community did June 5 at Kukatali Preserve. Hours were spent together, fire brigade fashion, moving rocks from Kukutali beach to the shoreline.

Moving several tons of rocks and boulders by hand and dolly at Kukutali Preserve on Swinomish Reservation last week inched the local tribal community ever closer to a significant milestone.

A large work party did the heavy lifting to extend rock walls that create terraces in tidal flats to optimize clam production and increase species diversity at the site of the nation's first developing modern clam garden.

The assembly line was comprised of Swinomish members and staff plus representatives of nearly three dozen Pacific region tribes here to attend the multi-day Salish Summit.


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