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  • troyal 4:18 pm on September 18, 2014 Permalink  

    Forestry Practices: Eric Beach, Green Diamond 

    There has been a lot of history in our area. The Olympic Peninsula is known for its ability to grow trees. It’s been a viable resource for more than 100 years. Forest harvesting started on private land, to public land and then back to private. Transportation of logs started with railroads and then roads.

    Why are gravel roads a concern? They create sediment, which we don’t want to introduce into the system. So we want make sure our runoff goes into the forest floor and not the watershed.

    Note: Sediment is not produced just by being on the road; it’s when high levels of precipitation take place and trucks are driving on the road.

    Green Diamond has Best Management Practices they follow. The best way to help is to disconnect the road from the stream network. The second thing we do is limit the amount of sediment produced by the roadway.

    Next step is capture sediment, then final option is suspending traffic on road during heavy periods of rain.

    Operating procedures include surveying drainage patterns and delivery points.

    Effective monitoring includes engineering and operational practices that prevent or mitigate fine sediment delivery to streams.

  • troyal 4:09 pm on September 18, 2014 Permalink  

    Plenary Speaker: Keith Underwood, Tacoma Power 

    He explained how he was part of a Lake Roosevelt group that did the same thing that this group in the Skokomish basin is doing – agencies coming together for a problem much bigger than them and working together and how much of a success it was.

    I think it’s imperative for all of us to meet and work together. Tacoma power struggled with what we were going to do in this basin. We have that solved and we know what we are going to do to solve the north fork issue but there are many steps and it’s going to take much more than just the city, the tribe and the state to solve these problems.

  • troyal 4:02 pm on September 18, 2014 Permalink  

    Plenary Speaker: Joseph Pavel, Skokomish Tribe 

    I’ve been living, working, recreating in this watershed since I was about 8 years old. I think we’ve all observed – it’s a pretty dynamic system. There’s a lot going on in there. Upper watershed with hydroelectric projects, forest practices, agricultural development. We’ve learned a lot about this system but we also have a lot of unknowns. I think it represents a very unique opportunity with the challenges we’re faced. Aside from scope and scale, we can develop a true understanding of a very effective plan of recovering and restoring and managing our resources in that watershed. A lot of agencies and different interests here and I’ve come to know there is a lot information and a lot of people doing a lot of things. At some point we all need to come together here and try and be effective and efficient, who is doing what – and that’s why i’ve encouraged our partners to do this kind of get together. I’m happy to see folks here to lend a shoulder to this effort.

    Our partnership with City of Tacoma is an evolving relationship – from when we, the Skokomish Tribe, wasn’t even acknowledged to when we were e nuisance to when they realized there was a tribe out here to now where we are partners and working together in common effort for the watershed. It’s a good thing to have these people as partners in the watershed.

    Within all our activity within the watershed, we’re trying to be efficient. for the longest time we’ve had a unknowns … with the hydroelectric project taking place in the upper watershed, we have a known now. We’re iin the midst of Corps General Investigation study, and a lot of work has been done there.

    We have the foundation of working together… a critical mass of interest in the watershed throughout cushion fish and habitat meetings. we have in our watershed a Skokomish watershed action team – an adhoc interest group of all interests in the watershed, and we have constant dialogue with our resources agencies. i think the Skokomish Tribe has embraced a model that says we don’t need to be doing it all. we know there are others doing things and are available and willing and we embrace bringing these partners together.

  • troyal 3:40 pm on September 18, 2014 Permalink  


    The first Skokomish Watershed Monitoring Conference is starting right now at Mason County Public works. First up is Joseph Pavel, Skokomish Tribe Natural Resources Director.

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