Skokomish Watershed Action Team
The Skokomish Watershed Action Team will work towards common ecological and economic goals in the Skokomish River watershed through collaborative basin restoration projects.
Principles and Goals
*The group will recognize and support projects throughout the basin.
*We will concentrate our action on Forest Service lands above the floodplain while ensuring collaboration throughout the basin.
*Forest Service employees participate in the group in an ex-officio, informational role.
*The group recognizes and respects the sovereign rights of the Skokomish Tribe.
*The group further recognizes and respects the land management rights and responsibilities of the US Forest Service and other basin landowners; our job is to work within tribal sovereignty and other landowner responsibilities to accomplish common goals.
*We will work to enhance the economic and environmental sustainability of the Skokomish watershed recognizing best available science, technology, community values and other means as appropriate.
*The group will seek, coordinate and disseminate information about ongoing restorations projects in the basin.
*The group will examine all appropriate funding mechanisms to accomplish restoration projects.
*We will maintain a broad perspective as to how Skokomish basin projects affect Hood Canal and the Olympic Peninsula, and vice-versa.
*The group will be inclusive of all interested parties; we will identify common ground, using a consensus-based process.
*The group at all times will respect individuals and the interests they represent. No interest group will be penalized if they don’t agree on any given decision; no one interest group may veto a project.
*The collaborative group will work with the US Forest Service and other landowners to identify, review, fund and accomplish appropriate restoration projects.
*The group will work with basin landowners to identify appropriate monitoring methods and funding.
Participant List ( * indicates Steering Committee Members)
Kamin, Skokomish Grange
Brian Matthews, Mason County
Jeffries, Mason County Commissioner
Hirschberg, Mason County Public Works
Gibbs, retired U.S. Forest Service
Best, Mason County Emergency Management
Wagner, WA Department of Ecology
Toal, WA Department of Ecology
Fastle, Senator Patty Murray
Bauer, Senator Maria Cantwell
Horwitz, United States Geological Survey
- * Rich
Geiger, Mason Conservation District
Dublanica, Governor's Salmon Recovery Office
Bolender, Mason Conservation District
Case, Green Diamond Resource Company
Spalding, Olympic Forest Coalition
Werntz, Conservation Northwest
Marsh, Washington Native Plant Society
Canal Coordinating Council
Marion, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Mike Anderson (SWAT Coordinator), The Wilderness Society
Mendy Harlow, Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group
- Shannon Skinner,
Gold, RG Forestry (retired)
Watz, JX Construction, LLC
Hickey, Tacoma Power
Underwood, Tacoma Power
Ragan, Skokomish Valley resident and shellfish grower
Simmons, Washington State University Mason County Extension
Dewey, Taylor Shellfish Farms
and Mali Krivor, Skokomish Farms
Chapman, Backcountry Horsemen of Washington
Wolfe, Sierra Club Cascade Chapter
Briggs, Laird Norton Foundation
Vynne, Puget Sound Partnership
- Tiffany Royal, Northwest Indian Fisheries
- Dave Herrera, Skokomish Tribe
- *Alex Gouley, Skokomish Tribe
- Joseph Pavel, Skokomish Tribe
- Ron Figler-Barnes, Skokomish Tribe
- * Robin Stoddard, Olympic National Forest, U.S. Forest Service
- Michael Hutchins, Olympic National Forest, U.S. Forest Service
- Dean Yoshina, Hood Canal Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service
World Forestry Congress
The Skokomish watershed was one of three restoration case studies featured in the United States’ exhibit at the World Forestry Congress, which was held October 18-25, 2009, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Held every six years, the World Forestry Congress drew approximately 6,000 participants from 160 countries. Representing the Skokomish Watershed Action Team were Robin Stoddard from the Olympic National Forest and Keith Dublanica from Mason Conservation District. The Skokomish was selected for its local partnership efforts.
For more information about the World Forestry Congress, see http://www.fs.fed.us/global/wfc_us/welcome.htm
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