Presentation Abstract

The Skokomish River ecosystem, including critical salmon habitat, in the Skokomish Valley has been degrading for many years. For this reason, Mason County and the Skokomish Tribe requested the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) carry out a General Investigation of the Skokomish ecosystem. This investigation, completed in April 2015, determined the Skokomish ecosystem will continue to degrade unless restoration actions are taken, and that it is in the national interest for the USACE to develop and implement five ecosystem restoration projects. It is the responsibility of local partners to secure all real estate necessary for the implementation of these projects. In 2016, the Mason Conservation District received a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology to develop a reach scale plan, in partnership with Mason County and the Skokomish Tribe, which identifies riparian protection and restoration needs to support the five federal projects. This presentation will cover the environmental issues within the Skokomish Watershed, the five USACE ecosystem recovery projects, and the reach scale plan developed for restoring the focus reach.

Session Title

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

Keywords

Skokomish River, Riparian protection, Riparian restoration

Conference Track

SSE1: Habitat Restoration and Protection

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (Seattle, WA : 2018)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

SSE1-667

Start Date

4-4-2018 3:45 PM

End Date

4-4-2018 4:00 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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Apr 4th, 3:45 PM Apr 4th, 4:00 PM

Protection and restoration of Skokomish River Valley riparian areas

The Skokomish River ecosystem, including critical salmon habitat, in the Skokomish Valley has been degrading for many years. For this reason, Mason County and the Skokomish Tribe requested the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) carry out a General Investigation of the Skokomish ecosystem. This investigation, completed in April 2015, determined the Skokomish ecosystem will continue to degrade unless restoration actions are taken, and that it is in the national interest for the USACE to develop and implement five ecosystem restoration projects. It is the responsibility of local partners to secure all real estate necessary for the implementation of these projects. In 2016, the Mason Conservation District received a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology to develop a reach scale plan, in partnership with Mason County and the Skokomish Tribe, which identifies riparian protection and restoration needs to support the five federal projects. This presentation will cover the environmental issues within the Skokomish Watershed, the five USACE ecosystem recovery projects, and the reach scale plan developed for restoring the focus reach.