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Volunteers plant trees to save local salmon from high temperatures

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KENMORE, Wash. -- Volunteers banded together Saturday to restore a habitat for some local fish, after an invasive species of grass killed off all the trees.

They planted trees along a river's shoreline.

The river, at the junction of Swamp Creek and the Sammamish River, is home to salmon. But without any trees, the river's temperatures get too high for the salmon, especially in the summer.

Sometimes, the water can exceed 68 degrees, Walt Rung of Adopt-A-Stream, said.

"That's lethal for salmon," Rung said.

Volunteers paddled out to the Southern shore of the creek, along with about 400 willow branches. By next summer, they expect the trees to have grown to be about 10 inches tall.

The hope the one-acre of trees they planted Saturday will create a natural canopy that protests the salmon from the sun.

Soon, they hope to return to the area and plant another three acres.

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