The goal of the Skagit Salmon Science Series is to share the state of the knowledge of salmon recovery to support that dialogue moving forward from our first 20 years of actions to our next 20 years. As we share this information in this forum, we want to start broadening our circle to gather and hopefully address the community’s questions and concerns.
Skagit Salmon Management 101 (slides) – Presentation to the Skagit Watershed Council on Feb 23, 2022 by Casey Ruff, Harvest Management Biologist, Swinomish Indian Tribe; Bob McClure, Harvest Management Biologist, Upper Skagit Indian Tribe: and Eric Beamer, Skagit River System Cooperative.
West Coast Salmon fishery Management (slides) – Presentation to the Skagit Watershed Council on Feb 23, 2022 by James Dixon, NMFS’ West Coast Region, Sustainable Fisheries Division
#2 May 4, 2022 “Chinook Salmon Recovery Background” – This meeting explains the 2005 Skagit Chinook Salmon Recovery Plan and the Skagit Watershed Council’s Strategic Approach and Skagit Implementation Structures.
The 2005 Skagit Chinook Recovery Plan (SRP) Explained (slides) – Presentation to the Skagit Watershed Council on May 4, 2022 by Eric Beamer, Senior Biologist – Skagit River System Cooperative (SRSC).
SWC Strategic Approach & Skagit Implementation Structures (slides) – Presentation to Skagit Watershed Council on May 4, 2022 by Richard Brocksmith, Executive Director – Skagit Watershed Council.
#3 June 8, 2022 “Status of Skagit Estuary Restoration” – This meeting introduces the Endangered Species Act and Puget Sound Chinook Salmon Recovery Plan and explores the progress of Skagit Estuary Recovery Plan Implementation.
Introduction to the Endangered Species Act (slides) – Presentation to the Skagit Watershed Council on June 8, 2022 by David Price, Biologist, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA
Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan (slides) – Presentation to the Skagit Watershed Council on June 8, 2022 by Amber Moore, Salmon Recovery Manager, Puget Sound Partnership
Skagit Estuary Recovery Plan Implementation Progress (slides) – Presentation to the Skagit Watershed Council on June 8, 2022 by Eric Beamer, Senior Scientist, Skagit River System Cooperative and Greg Hood, Scientist, Skagit River System Cooperative
#4 Sept 22, 2022 “General Watershed Approach to Chinook Salmon Habitat Restoration“ – This meeting reviews the whole watershed approach to Chinook Salmon recovery, including introducing freshwater habitat restoration. Presentations also reviews methods for measuring implementation in the Estuary and seeks to provide answers to questions submitted during previous 4S meetings.
General Watershed Approach to Chinook Salmon Habitat Restoration Chapters 1 & 8 (slides) Presentation to the Skagit Watershed Council on September 22, 2022 by Mike LeMoine, Director for Research and Recovery, SRSC
Recovery Plan Implementation in the Skagit Estuary (slides) Presentation to the Skagit Watershed Council on September 22, 2022 by Eric Beamer, Senior Scientist, Skagit River System Cooperative
Questions and Answers from Previous Meetings (slides) Presentation to the Skagit Watershed Council on September 22, 2022 by Greg Hood, Scientist, Skagit River System Cooperative
#6 March, 15, 2023 “Sediment, Landslides and Forestry”– Presentation by Curt Veldhuisen (Forest and Fish Program Director, Skagit River System Cooperative) and Gus Seixas (Watershed Scientist, Skagit River System Cooperative). Slidedeck.
#7 June 07, 2023 “Freshwater Restoration”– A review of the Chapter 10 of Skagit Chinook Recovery Plan and rational behind freshwater restoration sites. Presented by Mike LeMoine (Director for Research and Recovery, SRSC) and Richard Brocksmith (Executive Director, Skagit Watershed Council). Slidedeck
The Skagit Watershed Council, in partnership with the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group, Skagit Land Trust, Skagit County, and the Skagit River System Cooperative sponsors this conference. The goal of the North Sound Riparian Conference is to bring together riparian restoration practitioners to learn and share ideas. Here are some of the presentations from previous conferences:
“Using the Salish Sea Wiki digital platform for revegetation as-builts, knowledge management and distributed experiments“, by Paul Creeghino. Paul came into 19 years of federal restoration program management after a 15 year career in volunteer management and landscape construction and management.
“Development of an effectiveness-monitoring program for West-side revegetation as distributed experiments”, by Robert vadas. Robert Vadas is a Research Scientist with WDFW-Habitat on biophysical issues for riparian/wetland, instream-flow, dam, fish-passage, overwater-structure, and marine-hydrokinetic topics for western > eastern Washington.
“Deep planting with poles in ecosystems with high water stress”, by Jason Hall. Jason is a Senior Scientist with Cramer Fish Sciences and has over 20 years of experience in fisheries research and restoration effectiveness and status and trends monitoring.
“The Many Applications of Live Pole Planting”, by Anthony Waldrop. Anthony Waldrop is a Watershed Restoration Project Manager for Grays Harbor Conservation District.
“Mitigation of Reed Canary Grass on Harris Creek”, by Breanna Finch. : Breanna Finch is a Habitat Specialist and Project Coordinator at the Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group, Sound Salmon Solutions
“Stossel Creek Climate Adaptation Project: Assisted Migration Planting Three Years In-What Have We Seen?”, by Denise Krownbell. Denise Krownbell is a Strategic Advisor with Seattle City Light, working on salmon recovery in the Skagit and Tolt Basins, including policy development and a focus on salmon habitat acquisition and restoration projects.
“Exploring strategies for the understory planting of conifers in deciduous forests”, by Brenda Clifton. Brenda is the Senior Restoration Botanist for Skagit River System Cooperative.
“Evaluating Skagit riparian zones using LiDAR”, by Tim Hyatt. Tim is a riparian ecologist with the Skagit River Systems Cooperative, a tribal natural resources organization.
“Mapping the Puget Sound Nearshore with Imagery and Data”, by Brian Footen. Brian has spent twenty plus years working as a fishery research biologist for federal, state and tribal agencies.
“Adaptive riparian restoration: an appeal for a coordinated approach”, by Jon Bakker. Jon is a professor at the University of Washington, and has studied restoration in prairies, forests, sagebrush steppe, wetlands, and subalpine meadows.
“Correlating soil texture and seedling mortality in upland planting sites”, by Brenda Clifton. Brenda is a plant ecologist with over 20 years of experience in plant biology and propagation
“Strategies for increasing conifers in riparian forests of the Skagit basin”, by Curt Veldhuisen. Curt is a forest hydrologist who has worked for Skagit River System Cooperative for over 20 years.
“Reed canary grass, voles, and riparian rehabilitation”, by Byron Rot. Byron Rot has worked on many instream salmonid habitat, floodplain, and nearshore restoration projects for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and currently works on nearshore, wetland, and riparian restoration projects for the San Juan County and partners.
“Utilizing Offenders Crews to Support Riparian Restoration”, by Jason Anderson & Andrew Zeiders. Jason Anderson works as a riparian ecologist for the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians Natural Resources Department. Andrew Zeiders works as the Restoration Crew Lead for the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians Natural Resources Department and has served in that role since 2015.
“Moving the Target: Managing Your Forest in a Changing Climate”, by Dave Peterson, Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
“Climate Change Genetics”, by Deborah L. Rogers, Co-Executive Director & Director of Conservation Science and Stewardship at the Center for Natural Lands Management
“The Seedlot Selection Tool”, by Dominique Bachelet, Associate Professor in the Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering at Oregon State University
“Stossel Creek Climate Adaptation Project: Assisted Migration Planting – Data From Year One”, by Denise Krownbell, Strategic Advisor for Seattle City Light
“Around the Woods: How Practitioners are Adjusting for Climate Change”, by Brenda Clifton, Senior Restoration Botanist for the Skagit River System Cooperative, and Michael Yadrick, Plant Ecologist for the City of Seattle.
“Revegetating Emergent Wetlands: Emergent Species, Functions, Permits, and Monitoring Results”, by Josh Wozniak, President of the Society of Wetland Scientist’s Pacific Northwest Chapter and Environmental Sciences Group Lead at Parametrix.
“Effect of pole diameter on willow performance over five years in a wetland dominated by reed canarygrass”, by Laura Hatema, Senior Ecologist for King County
“Around the Woods: Lessons Learned from Wetland Restoration Projects”, by Kerrie McArthur, Senior Biologist at Confluence Environmental Company, and John Soden, Professional Wetland Scientist at Natural Systems Design.
Skagit Watershed Council in partnership with the Puget Sound Partnership Salmon Recovery Program sponsored this workshop on May 13. 2010. To see the agenda for the Successful Habitat Restoration in Developed Landscapes workshop, click here.
Process-Based Principles for Habitat Restoration
Tim Beechie, NOAA Fisheries
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The Challenge of Process-Based Principles for Habitat Restoration
Eric Beamer, Skagit River System Cooperative, Recovery Implementation Technical Team
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Process-Based Restoration: Examples from Local Watersheds (Examples 1-4)
Paying Attention: The Future of Restoration
Carol MacIlroy, Carol MacIlroy Consulting Inc., Abstract (PDF) »
Process-Based Restoration: Examples from Local Watersheds (Examples 5-7)