Tongass National Forest Watershed Restoration Program

Tongass National Forest Watershed Restoration Program

Resources, Restoration & Mitigation
  [caption id="attachment_5510" align="aligncenter" width="903"] Photo courtesy of US Forest Service[/caption] According to the US Forest Service, the streams and lakes of the Tongass National Forest produce 80% of the annual Southeast Alaska commercial salmon catch. In an effort to steward this important resource, Tongass Fisheries and Watershed staff are strategically targeting watersheds in the region that have been heavily impacted by past management activities for collaborative efforts to restore critical salmon habitat and enhance ecological function of these aquatic resources. The Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition is excited to work with the US Forest Service to support and advance regional watershed restoration efforts. Learn more about the Tongass National Forest Watershed Restoration Program and their 2015-16 program priorities:   [gview file="https://www.alaskawatershedcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/TNFWatershedRestorationProgram2015.pdf"]   [gview file="https://www.alaskawatershedcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/TNF_Watershed_Restoration_Fishpass_Enhancement_Programs_2015_2016_06022015.pdf"]    
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Local Mitigation & Watershed Planning: POW Community Meeting 5/13

Local Mitigation & Watershed Planning: POW Community Meeting 5/13

Restoration & Mitigation
Please join the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition for a community meeting in Klawock on May 13th! This meeting will provide information on the proposed Southeast Alaska Mitigation Fund; how communities can interact with this program to plan and carry out aquatic resource mitigation and restoration.    Please visit https://www.alaskawatershedcoalition.org/programs/aquaticresourcemitigation for more information on aquatic resource mitigation in Southeast Alaska
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SAMF Community Meetings in Wrangell & Ketchikan

SAMF Community Meetings in Wrangell & Ketchikan

Restoration & Mitigation
SAWC is coming to Wrangell and Ketchikan to talk  about the proposed Southeast Alaska Mitigation Fund In-Lieu Fee program & how it can be used as a tool to advance aquatic resource mitigation in Southeast Alaska communities! Mark your calendars, we hope to see you there!   If you would like to discuss potential mitigation sites in your community while SAWC is in town, please contact Angie Eldred to schedule a site visit
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Haines Wetland Program Underway With Local Advisory Committee Meeting

Haines Wetland Program Underway With Local Advisory Committee Meeting

Community Watershed Stewardship, Restoration & Mitigation
On February 28th, the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition’s Aquatic Resource Mitigation Coordinator will facilitate a meeting in Haines to discuss community wetlands identification and planning with a local advisory committee. The meeting is hosted by the Chilkoot Indian Association and is part of a tribal initiative to develop a public education tool that will inform the public and developers on the presence and value of wetlands in Haines.   The CIA and SAWC have invited Teri Camery, a senior planner and wetland review board lead for the City and Borough of Juneau, to present at the meeting and share with participants the experience of the CBJ in mapping and assessing wetlands in their community. SAWC works to support local governments and tribes to play an active role informing natural resource management…
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SAWC receives approval to develop Draft Instrument for In Lieu Fee Program!

SAWC receives approval to develop Draft Instrument for In Lieu Fee Program!

Resources, Restoration & Mitigation
The Army Corps of Engineers has approved the proposed ILF program Prospectus and has sent a letter of approval encouraging SAWC to move forward with developing a Draft Instrument for the program.   While SAWC does not yet have an approved ILF program, approval to begin developing a Draft Instrument is big step and a great milestone in the complex process of developing an approved program!  Learn more about In Lieu Fee programs and compensatory mitigation at the links below: http://www.fws.gov/habitatconservation/corps%20in-lieu-fee%20guidance.pdf http://www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands/pdf/CMitigation.pdf   SAWC thanks all those who offered their initial support for the Southeast Alaska Mitigation Fund and for offering resources, statements of qualifications, and/or critical information to ensure its success.   Though there is still a significant amount work as we move forward, SAWC looks at this as a tremendous achievement- not only…
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Identifying Mitigation Sites in Southeast Alaska

Identifying Mitigation Sites in Southeast Alaska

Restoration & Mitigation
This project began in 2012 with the intention of Identifying potential aquatic resource mitigation sites throughout Southeast Alaska Starting in Haines, SAWC spent several months researching potential mitigation sites in the region.  The beginning stage of this project entailed a steep learning curve in order to identify sites that meet the criteria necessary for mitigation purposes.  Research involved in this site selection process was mostly completed in the office before visiting the site, by way of compiling and analyzing high resolution satellite imagery of the area.  This imagery was viewed in both ArcGIS as well as Google Earth in order to overlay specific features such as the shapefile for anadromous fish streams, which provides a more in depth picture of a specific area. Haines, Skagway and Juneau are the first…
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