July 2011 Newsletter
Snoqualmie Watershed Forum

You’re Invited – Tour of Carnation Area Restoration Projects

Carnation area restoration projectsPlease join the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum for a field trip showcasing two habitat restoration projects on the Tolt and Snoqualmie Rivers near Carnation. Site visits include: 

Space is limited and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Maureen Dahlstrom to reserve a space. The tour will meet at the Vincent Schoolhouse at 5:00 pm.  Transportation will be provided. The regularly scheduled Snoqualmie Watershed Forum meeting (open to the public) will immediately follow the tour, beginning at 7:00 pm at the Vincent Schoolhouse.


Upcoming Construction Closure – Chinook Bend

The Chinook Bend Natural Area will be TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC beginning July 11 to implement the final phase of the Chinook Bend Floodplain Enhancement Project. This last phase will remove approximately 500 feet of a revetment at the downstream end of Chinook Bend. The previous phase was implemented in 2009 and removed more than 1500 feet of levee at the upstream end. The project is helping restore natural floodplain processes for fish and wildlife habitat while maintaining the existing level of flood protection for nearby roads and farmlands. The construction is expected to last about three weeks.  Learn more.

NOTE – We will be able to access the Chinook Bend site for the July 20 and August 6 tours mentioned under other enews items.


Attendees at the July 2010 twilight tour in Carnation learn about a local forest’s history and management from landowner Erich Studer.Snoqualmie Twilight Forest Tour

Take advantage of long summer evenings to enjoy a "twilight tour" of a local family-owned forest.  This free out-in-the-woods event is a chance to share forest management ideas, see what others are doing, look at real examples of challenges and solutions, and enjoy a potluck dessert and social time. Topics will include commercial thinning, invasive species control, cost-share programs, and silvicultural contracting.  Learn more or RSVP.


Thanks to Boeing Volunteers!

Boeing Company planting with Stewardship PartnersOn April 16th, approximately 50 volunteers from The Boeing Company lent a hand to Stewardship Partners as part of Earth Day to restore a ½ mile of river bank habitat at a Hmong flower farm near Carnation.  Volunteers braved the elements and spent the day planting 1100 native trees and shrubs along a section of the Snoqualmie River that once was choked with non-native blackberries. Boeing’s contribution to restoring the Snoqualmie is a terrific example of the public/private partnerships that are so vital to recovering wild salmon and local farms in the region.   Learn more about Stewardship Partners’ activities.


Volunteer Opportunities with Stewardship Partners

Volunteer opportunities with Stewardship PartnersSummer is almost upon us, so it’s time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine!  Stewardship Partners, in conjunction with a number of other local organizations and farms, is hosting volunteer events this summer as part of their Snoqualmie Stewardship program. They will be maintaining a number of different restoration sites throughout the Snoqualmie Valley, including removing invasive plants, maintaining plantings, and more.

Come out and join in the fun! Final details about events will be sent after you RSVP, and all sites are located in the Snoqualmie Valley.



Field Day Celebration:
Art & Environment Converge At Chinook Bend Natural Area

Art and environment converge at Chinook Bend Natural AreaEnvironmental artist Betsy Damon and Snoqualmie Steward Mary Maier will be on hand to provide guided tours of Chinook Bend Natural Area on Saturday, August 6th from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.  This open space site has been enhanced as a part of ongoing wetland, floodplain and wildlife habitat restoration and recreational access improvements. Come see Chinook Bend's new public artwork, habitat improvements, and stewardship efforts during this fun and informative community event co-sponsored by 4Culture and the King County Dept of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP).

 


2010 participants Lisa and Pete Church earn recognition as a stewardship forest by successfully completing the forest stewardship classForest Stewardship Class Returns to Preston This Fall

WSU Extension and King County DNRP will offer the Forest Stewardship Coached Planning series at the Preston Community Center on Tuesday evenings this fall - starting September 20th. This class will teach landowners how to evaluate the health of their forest, and take practical steps to keep their forest on track to provide habitat, enjoyment, and even income for years to come.  Participants will be able to develop a Forest Stewardship Plan, which brings state recognition as a Stewardship Forest, eligibility for cost-share assistance, and may also qualify owners for significant property tax reductions.  Learn more or register.


Logjam, fallen trees pose recreation hazards on stretch of lower Tolt River

Logjam, fallen trees pose recreation hazards on stretch of lower Tolt RiverKing County has identified a series of river spanning logs and a logjam on the Tolt River which pose a hazard to river users. The hazard is located in the ½ mile stretch of the Tolt downstream of the SR 203 Bridge to the confluence of the Snoqualmie River. The logjam is of naturally occurring wood that fell into the river as the result of flooding last winter.

These logs create excellent salmon habitat and are an example of the Tolt River restoring itself after the completion of the Lower Tolt River Floodplain Reconnection Project -- a recent habitat restoration that is intended to benefit threatened Chinook salmon and steelhead trout. In anticipation of these natural river changes, the Lower Tolt project established a clear take-out location for boaters and floaters on an existing gravel bar upstream of the logs, adjacent to a newly constructed parking lot.  Signs have been posted directing river users to get out of the river at this take-out point.  River users should not attempt to navigate the spanning logs, and should not put in to the Tolt River anywhere downstream of SR 203. View the full news release.


Life jackets required on King County riversLife Jackets Required on King County Rivers

Due to especially high, fast and cold river flows this year, King County has established a new rule requiring anyone entering a major river of the County to wear a Coast Guard-approved PFD, or life jacket.  The ordinance is effective through the 2011 summer recreational season (ending October 31, 2011) and applies to the stretches of the Snoqualmie, Tolt, Skykomish, Raging, Cedar, Green, and White rivers that are in unincorporated King County.  Learn more.

 


The Snoqualmie Watershed Forum works to protect and restore the health of the SF Skykomish and Snoqualmie Watersheds in harmony with the cultural and community needs of the Valley.

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Funding for this publication is provided by King Conservation District.