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Scoping Discussion: Wetland and Aquatic Resource Mitigation

Scoping Discussion: Wetland and Aquatic Resource Mitigation

Community Watershed Stewardship, Restoration & Mitigation
Southeast Alaska Region Scoping Discussion, Wetland Mitigation: Policies, Frameworks, Opportunities October 21st, Juneau Alaska [two_columns ] In response to the challenges - that SAWC has come up against in trying to develop a third party mitigation program (In-Lieu Fee) that provides mitigation opportunities in the form of restoration and enhancement - we made the decision to host a meeting that provided the opportunity for agency staffers, community based watershed management groups, non-profits, and a wide spectrum of natural resource professionals to engage, learn and consider ways we can move forward as a region to develop appropriate wetland and aquatic resources management strategies that support fair, equitable and credible mitigation. With the support of NFF, USFWS and TU we were able to bring together a diverse panel of Pacific Northwest professionals…
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Community Watershed Meetings

Community Watershed Meetings

Community Watershed Stewardship
Community Based Wetland Management and Watershed Planning Petersburg and Wrangell October 17th, 2011 [two_columns ] SAWC was invited by resource management professionals in both Petersburg and Wrangell to come to their community and host a discussion and training on Wetland/Aquatic Resource Mitigation and Community-based Watershed Management and Wetland Planning. This is part of SAWC's Wetland and Aquatic Mitigation Initiative, which includes: [list style="arrow" color="teal"] Facilitating Scoping Discussions on Wetland and Aquatic Mitigation: Strategies, Frameworks and Opportunities Hosting community-based watershed management trainings Developing a third party mitigation program Offering consulting services [/list] to communities, landowners, developers, agencies, and non-profits interested in and being impacted by SE Alaska's wetland management decisions and lack of mitigation opportunities. Petersburg October 17th, Council Chambers Participants: [list style="orb" color="green"] Leo Luczak, Director Community Development, City of…
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Building Local Economies; Creating Jobs in Local Watersheds and Supporting Community Health

Building Local Economies; Creating Jobs in Local Watersheds and Supporting Community Health

Community Watershed Stewardship
In 2011 the Takshanuk Watershed Council in Haines AK brought in $230,000 on grants and used this money to employee 4 year round staff and 12 seasonal employees. The organization logged over 1000 hours of volunteer time valuing over $15,000. When we say community-based watershed efforts build local economies we are not just talking about some abstract idea... And whats even better...? In addition to local hire, the programs that are launched with this money are  invested to support the health of your community and maintain the vitality of the natural resources that the fisheries, timber and tourism industries in your community rely on. What did Takshanuk Watershed Council do with this money, in addition to creating local employment: 1. Identify where the salmon are in the watersheds and what…
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Southeast Alaskans gather for Wetland Delineation Training

Southeast Alaskans gather for Wetland Delineation Training

Community Watershed Stewardship
25 professionals from around Southeast Alaska, including Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Yakutat and Haines received two days of both class-room and field experience learning the basics of wetland delineation. We would like to send out a big thank you to the Chikoot Indian Association, the Alaska District United States Army Corps of Engineers, and all 22 participants that gathered in Haines on July 18th and 19th for the community-based wetland delineation training. Participants had access to the three staffers from both the Juneau and Anchorage offices of the the USACE, as well as an abundance of knowledge and experience brought to the training by participants. Based on the feedback we received on the training the two days were full of resourceful information and networking opportunities that provided participants with knowledge, skills, awarenesses…
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Wetland Delineation Training: Haines AK, July 18th – 19th

Wetland Delineation Training: Haines AK, July 18th – 19th

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Wetlands contribute to community and watershed health, as well as bulster local economies by producing resources, enabling recreational activities and providing other benefits, such as water pollution control and flood protection. Info Flyer The Training This training is being offered by the US Corps of Engineers and has been prepared to present the technical aspects of wetland delineation so that the landowner, city planner, tribe, contractor and other concerned individuals will understand the process of wetland identification and delineation. Students will learn what constitutes a wetland from a regulatory and legal perspective as well as from a practical “in the field” view. Why are wetland delineations important to your community? Anyone with an interest in purchasing and/ or developing a piece of property, from single-family houses to commercial developments, on or near…
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Winter Film Festivals throughout Southeast Alaska

Winter Film Festivals throughout Southeast Alaska

Community Watershed Stewardship
Watershed Councils in Haines, Skagway and Juneau hosting films in their communities... Juneau Watershed Partnership: 2nd Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival Takshanuk Watershed Council: Back Country Film Festival: Friday February 25th, 9pm at Fort Seward Lodge Taiya Inlet Watershed Council: Baked Alaska: Saturday February 19th, 7pm at the Skagway Brewing Company
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