2018 SE AK Watershed Restoration Workshop

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Southeast Alaska Watershed Restoration Workshop

March 5-7, 2018

Juneau, AK

Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall

Stream restoration, Hoonah Native Forest Partnership, Jul 19-2017. Photo courtesy of Sustainable Southeast Partnership

To receive important information about the workshop and sign up for events, including the science communication workshop and poster session, please pre-register.

This is a draft agenda and will be updated with more complete details in the coming weeks. When available, the full agenda will be sent to registered participants.

Monday, March 5
2:00-5:00SCIENCE COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP with Dr. Anne Beaudreau (UAF). Participants will learn about approaches and techniques for communicating science to a variety of audiences.
Tuesday, March 6
8:30 – 8:40WELCOME (Rob Cadmus, Rebecca Bellmore)
8:40 – 9:30KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jim Capurso (Fisheries Biologist, Region 6 US Forest Service)
9:30 – 10:50SESSION 1: How do you get community groups, agencies, and the private sector to work successfully?
Objectives: Presenters will share models for partnerships that have proved successful in the region and lessons learned. Presentations can address the who, how, why, outcomes, lessons learned, etc. of collaborations.
Moderator: Debbie Hart, Southeast Alaska Fish Habitat Partnership Coordinator
Anticipated topics include examples and lessons learned from the Hoonah Native Forest Partnership, Southeast Alaska Fish Habitat Partnership, Prince of Wales Landscape Assessment, Tongass Collaborative Stewardship, and a local watershed group.
Confirmed speakers include Ian Johnson (Hoonah Indian Association), Debbie Hart (SEAKFHP), Derek Poinsette (Takshanuk Watershed Council)
10:50 – 11:10Break
11:10 – 12:00Panel Discussion with Session 1 presenters.
12:00 – 1:15LUNCH (No host)
1:15 – 3:45SESSION 2: What are the technical, social, and political bottlenecks that slow completion of restoration projects, and what are you doing to overcome them?
Objectives: Presenters will share their experiences in restoration and highlight the next steps needed to fill gaps that limit restoration, such as technical training, watershed assessments and capacity.
Moderator: John Hudson, Restoration Biologist, Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition
Anticipated topics include watershed assessments, workforce development, project implementation, and maintaining capacity.
Confirmed speakers include John Hudson (Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition), Dennis Nickerson (POW Tribal Conservation District), Neil Stichert (US Fish and Wildlife Service), Bob Christensen (SEAWEAD), Julianne Thompson (US Forest Service).
3:45 – 4:00Break
4:00 – 5:00Panel Discussion with Session 2 presenters.
5:00 – 7:00DINNER (No host)
7:00 – 8:3Cocktails and viewing of Salmon Forest documentary. Hosted at the Amalga Distillery: https://www.amalgadistillery.com
Wednesday, March 7
8:00 – 10:00POSTER SESSION: Organizational updates, project stories, etc.
10:00 – 11:15SESSION 3: How do we find funding (and match) needed to bring restoration to scale?
Objectives: Presenters will discuss case study examples and new strategies for securing the funding necessary to bring restoration to scale. Presenters may also provide information on specific funding sources, constraints around applying for various funding sources, and who has the ability to tap into them.
Moderator: Christine Woll, The Nature Conservancy SE AK Program Director
Anticipated topics include the nuts and bolts of some funding sources, as well as examples of novel funding models, including National Forest Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Sustainable Salmon Fund, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Southeast Alaska Mitigation Fund, and private sector funding.
Confirmed presenters include Jessica Forster (SAWC), Samia Savell (NRCS).
11:30 – 12:15Panel Discussion with Session 3 presenters.
12:15 – 1:30LUNCH (No Host)
1:30 – 3:15SESSION 4: New tools and analyses for understanding the watershed and regional context of restoration.
Objectives: Presenters will discuss tools/analyses/schemes that can help us better select and design restoration projects that will lead to long-term local and regional resilience in the face of environmental change.
Anticipated topics include watershed restoration monitoring results, applications of the Aquatic Trophic Productivity Model, the AK Climate Science Center’s future streamflows project, implications of future stream temperature and flows for restoration, and an intrinsic productivity model for salmon in SE.
Confirmed presenters include Emily Whitney (Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center), Chris Sergeant (University of Alaska), Sheila Jacobson (US Forest Service), Tim Beechie (NOAA NW Fisheries Science Center), Bern Romey (Portland State Univ.)
3:30-4:15Panel Discussion with Session 4 presenters
4:15-5:00WRAP UP. Facilitated discussion about take-aways and next steps

The workshop will be held at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in downtown Juneau from  March 5-7.

Alaska Airlines has offered a 5% discount on flights to and from Juneau from March 1-14. Please pre-register to receive the discount code.

Workshop Goal:  The 2018 Southeast Alaska Watershed Workshop will build capacity to develop collaborative solutions for the restoration and informed management of Southeast Alaska’s watersheds.

The event that will bring together community leaders, NGOs and resource managers from across Southeast Alaska to share stories of restoration efforts – successes, techniques, and lessons learned, to network and develop partnerships for collaborative projects, and to provide tools and resources to build the capacity or our region’s land managers to carry out watershed restoration across the Tongass National Forest and its neighboring lands.

Background: Over the last decade, the restoration and community based management of our watersheds and land has become an increasingly important component of land management in Southeast Alaska.  Numerous different NGO’s, tribal organizations, communities, landowners, and agencies have engaged in restoration and collaborative management projects.  Challenges still exist, but these examples provide lessons to learn from.  The central issues that impede watershed or landscape scale restoration in the region of Southeast Alaska include: technical capacity and experience implementing watershed restoration within the region, adequate watershed assessment information to determine key stressors and restoration needs, coordination between NGO’s, agencies, landowners and communities working together to facilitate on the ground restoration, and funding to implement restoration projects.

Past watershed symposiums, workshops, and meetings of the Southeast Alaska Fish Habitat Partnership (SEAKFHP) and American Fisheries Society have helped resource professionals share information, tools, and methods.  This has included a successful 2016 USFS/NPLCC/SEAKFHP conference on informing management of water and fisheries in the context of climate change and a 2013 SAWC & SEAKFHP Watershed Symposium geared towards the science and methods to promote fish habitat conservation.

This workshop is geared towards the community leaders, NGOs and resource managers that need to “Step up to the Plate” in order to bridge the gaps needed to scale up restoration and collaborative land management in Southeast Alaska.