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Day2 jeanette dorner-tribal habitat conference 2010 sal rec presentation



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  • the species of salmon in the Nisqually. Chinook and Steelhead are listed under the Federal Endangered Species act.
  • Ownership of main estuary between I-5 and Puget Sound is now all in government ownership. The yellow land now owned by the Tribe was purchased from the last remaining private owner in 1999. This purchase was the result of many years of conversation between the Tribe and the owner to develop a relationship of trust. The purchase of the land was essential to make it available for restoration.
  • The phases of estuary restoration in the Nisqually in terms of the major dike removal projects. The Tribe has been the lead on the first three projects. These all took place on lands owned by the Tribe, that it purchased in 1999 to make it possible to restore. The National Wildlife Refuge is partnered with the Tribe and Ducks Unlimited on the plans to implement the 760 acre restoration on their land. This is happening right now, scheduled for completion this fall, and is the largest ever estuary restoration project in Puget Sound.
  • The blue channels are current channels in the estuary. The red channels are the ones that will be restored when the dike is fully removed this summer. The red channels equal 21 miles of restored tidal channels.
  • Regional context of project – will connect with state park, pack forest, tacoma power, and restoration work already completed on the Mashel River.
  • before and after pictures where habitat destroying riprap rock was removed from the bank and replaced with habitat forming engineered log jams.


  • 1. Nisqually River Watershed
  • 2.
    • Chinook – threatened
    • Coho – low
    • Pink - variable
    • Chum - healthy
    • Steelhead - threatened
    • Cutthroat Trout - unknown
    Nisqually Salmon Species
  • 3.  
  • 4. Long Term Goals for Nisqually River Fall Chinook
    • Healthy local population of Nisqually Chinook capable of reproducing successfully in the local habitat
    • Continued harvest opportunity for tribal and non-tribal fishermen
  • 5.
    • Nisqually Tribe designated as lead for salmon recovery by the Nisqually River Watershed Council
    • Tribe led group of local technical and citizen experts using scientific information to develop the plan.
    • Submitted to the regional Puget Sound Chinook Endangered Species Recovery Plan in 2005
    • adopted as part of official plan by the federal govt. in 2007
    Nisqually River Salmon Recovery Planning
  • 6.
        • Habitat
        • Hatchery
        • Harvest
        • Adaptive Management
    Nisqually Chinook Recovery Plan
  • 7. Nisqually IndianTribe
  • 8.
    • Counties
    • Cities
    • State agencies
    • Federal agencies
    • Nisqually Tribe
    • Local organizations
    • Watershed citizens
    Formed in 1987
  • 9. Estuary restoration Ohop and Mashel restoration Nisqually Salmon Habitat Protection and Restoration Nisqually Mainstem Protection
  • 10.  
  • 11. Estuary Land Ownership
  • 12. Estuary Habitat Condition
    • Main loss of habitat due to diking and conversion to pastureland
    • About half of original estuary was converted to pasture and freshwater wetland behind the dikes
  • 13. Estuary Restoration
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  • 17. Summer 2006 Source: NAIP July 2009 Source: USGS December 2009 Source: USGS March 2010 Source: USGS
  • 18. Estuary restoration Ohop and Mashel restoration Nisqually Salmon Habitat Protection and Restoration Nisqually Mainstem Protection
  • 19. Nisqually Mainstem Protected Lands 1989: 3 percent 2010: 73 percent
  • 20. Estuary restoration Ohop and Mashel restoration Nisqually Salmon Habitat Protection and Restoration Nisqually Mainstem Protection
  • 21. Lower Ohop project Lower Mashel project Eatonville Mashel project
  • 22. Habitat Condition: Ohop Creek
    • Lower 4 miles ditched, straightened
    • Forest and wetland vegetation cleared from valley floor
    • Upper 2 miles good spawning areas, narrow band of trees along stream
  • 23.  
  • 24.
    • Ohop Creek Restoration Initiative
    • Remeander 3.5 miles of ditched stream into 5 miles of restored stream
    • Revegetate over 400 acres of valley floor
    Nisqually Indian Tribe
  • 25. Eatonville Mashel Project
    • Needs:
    • More large wood in stream
    • Deeper pools
    • Sorted gravel
    • Less confined stream channel
    • More sidechannel wetlands
    • More mature conifers
  • 26.  
  • 27. Mashel River restoration Nisqually Indian Tribe
  • 28. Eatonville - Boxcar Canyon
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  • 31. Eatonville Mashel homeowner rain garden installation
  • 32. Nisqually Watershed Knotweed Control Project
  • 33. Knotweed bending party in Ashford
  • 34.
    • Pierce Conservation District
    • Nisqually Tribe
    • Thurston County Noxious Weed Board
    • Lewis County Noxious Weed Board
    • Pierce County Noxious Weed Board
    • Tacoma Public Utilities
    • US Fish and Wildlife Service
    • Nisqually Wildlife Refuge
    • Joint Base Lewis-McChord
    • Gifford Pinchot National Forest
    • Mt. Rainier National Park
  • 35.