Presentation Abstract

For several decades, the North Olympic Salmon Coalition (NOSC) has been working with agricultural producers in the Chimacum Creek Watershed to plant riparian buffers and restore salmon habitat. In recent years, NOSC and partners have had difficulty engaging landowners to participate in riparian restoration and protection programs due to issues regarding drainage, reed canary grass and beaver damage. To help guide us in how to address these barriers to landowner willingness, NOSC partnered with local entities to develop a Chimacum Creek Protection and Restoration Strategy. Since the strategy has been implemented, four priority farms are now being considered for protection and restoration actions. The project was a collaborative effort with several local partners, Jefferson County Conservation District, Jefferson Land Trust, Jefferson County Noxious Weed Control Board, and Washington State University’s Jefferson County Extension. The unique approach of this project, to bring together partners that provide a variety of landowner services and funding, has resulted in an integrated approach to protecting riparian habitat and improving water quality within the watershed. She will discuss techniques for collaboration, share the resulting restoration and protection strategy, and speak about the innovative protection and restoration approaches that are being implemented in the Chimacum Watershed.

Session Title

Protecting Riparian Areas in Agricultural Landscapes: Reach-Scale Planning and Acquisition Projects from the NEP Watershed Lead Organization

Keywords

Collaboration, Riparian, Restoration, Salmon

Conference Track

SSE1: Habitat Restoration and Protection

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (Seattle, WA : 2018)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

SSE1-113

Start Date

4-4-2018 4:45 PM

End Date

4-4-2018 5:00 PM

Type of Presentation

Oral

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Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

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Collaborative solutions to riparian protection and restoration in the Chimacum Creek watershed

For several decades, the North Olympic Salmon Coalition (NOSC) has been working with agricultural producers in the Chimacum Creek Watershed to plant riparian buffers and restore salmon habitat. In recent years, NOSC and partners have had difficulty engaging landowners to participate in riparian restoration and protection programs due to issues regarding drainage, reed canary grass and beaver damage. To help guide us in how to address these barriers to landowner willingness, NOSC partnered with local entities to develop a Chimacum Creek Protection and Restoration Strategy. Since the strategy has been implemented, four priority farms are now being considered for protection and restoration actions. The project was a collaborative effort with several local partners, Jefferson County Conservation District, Jefferson Land Trust, Jefferson County Noxious Weed Control Board, and Washington State University’s Jefferson County Extension. The unique approach of this project, to bring together partners that provide a variety of landowner services and funding, has resulted in an integrated approach to protecting riparian habitat and improving water quality within the watershed. She will discuss techniques for collaboration, share the resulting restoration and protection strategy, and speak about the innovative protection and restoration approaches that are being implemented in the Chimacum Watershed.