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On April 21, 2010 the Kokanee Work Group celebrated Earth Day by releasing the last 200 kokanee fry from the first year of the fish recovery program. Joined by King County Executive Dow Constantine, group members gathered in the forest at kokanee advocate Wally Pereyra’s house, shared thoughts on what this release means for kokanee and their recovery, and then placed the fry in the creek. Afterward, the gathering was treated to Ilene Stahl’s tasty and stylish kokanee cookies and to drumming by Snoqualmie Tribe members.

Party in the forest at Ebright Creek
Celebrating in the forest at Ebright Creek
People let native kokanee fry go in Ebright Creek on Earth Day 2010
People let native kokanee fry go in Ebright Creek on Earth Day 2010
Fry-filled cooler ready to set free in Ebright Creek
Cool kokanee fry to be set free in Ebright Creek
Kids watch kokanee swim in a cooler, with King County Executive Dow Constantine
Kids watch fish with King County Executive Dow Constantine
King County Executive Dow Constantine speak speaks at a fish fry release
Dow Constantine's speech at the fish fry release
Sammamish mayor Don Gerend speaks at the Ebright Creek Earth Day celebration and kokanee fry release
Sammamish Mayor Don Gerend speaks at the Ebright Creek Earth Day celebration
King County speaker David St. John and children
King County staff David St. John and Earth Day kokanee release participants
Snoqualmie native ceremonial drummer Ray Mullen celebrating the release of young kokanee into Ebright Creek
Snoqualmie native drummer Ray Mullen celebrating the release of young kokanee into Ebright Creek
King County biologist Hans Berge and a boy set kokanee fry free in Ebright Creek
King County biologist Hans Berge and a young helper set kokanee fry free in Ebright Creek
Woman releasing young kokanee into the Lake Sammamish tributary, Ebright Creek
Participant setting young kokanee free in the Lake Sammamish tributary, Ebright Creek
Boy releases kokanee fry into Ebright Creek, Earth Day 2010
Boy releases kokanee fry into Ebright Creek, Earth Day 2010
Ceremonial drumming by Snoqualmie Tribe members at the Ebright Creek kokanee fry release, 2010
Ceremonial drumming by Snoqualmie Tribe members at the Ebright Creek kokanee fry release, 2010
Ilene Stahl’s beautiful and delicious kokanee cookies
Ilene Stahl’s kokanee cookies
Young Earth Day celebration-goers gravitate to Ilene Stahl’s kokanee cookies
Kids eating the kokanee cookies
Kids enjoying Ilene Stahl’s legendary kokanee cookies
Kids show Ilene Stahl’s great cookies

For questions about Lake Sammamish kokanee and these photos, please contact David St. John, government relations administrator, DNRP Water Policy Unit.