Restoration Planning & Assessment

Salmonid Restoration Planning and Assessments

Restoration Planning And Coordination Salmonid Habitat Assessment / Inventory
Project ID2012-STIL-224-222
Recovery DomainsPuget Sound
Start Date07/01/2012
End Date12/31/2015
Last Edited05/08/2024
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A GIS model was constructed to analyze physical statistics and biological features of the Jim Creek floodplain. We used input from staff senior biologists to refine and interpret model results. The model returned prioritized lists of land parcels with suitability scores for restoration activities as two separate outputs: parcel suitability for instream habitat restoration and parcel suitability for riparian enhancement activities.

We reached out to landowners in priority reaches. Thus far our outreach efforts have yielded a roughly 30% response (i.e. for every 10 property owners contacted 3 have indicated willingness to proceed to restoration planning phase). The next steps include following up with interested landowners (site visits) and, where appropriate, develop project concepts, preliminary plans, and funding strategies.

Project Benefit    

The purposes of the project are to identify locations and define activities that will result in maximum benefit to Chinook habitat. By focusing on limiting factors identified in the Stillaguamish Chinook Recovery Plan and targeting the Jim Creek sub-basin we anticipate that a variety of project types will result including floodplain enhancement (e.g. bank armor removal), LWD placement, and riparian forest expansion and enhancement. Jim Creek contains roughly 13 river miles available to Chinook and is a candidate for habitat enhancement

We expect that the activities will develop into projects that, once implemented, will improve habitat diversity, quality, and connectivity for salmonids, primarily ESA-listed species. Chinook are currently found in very low numbers in the South Fork Stillaguamish River, and Jim Creek is one of only a few tributaries where they spawn and rear.


Metric Completed Originally

Funding Details

Report Total:$26,929

Project Map



  • Worksite Identifier: 35421239
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Area Description
Jim Creek Sub-basin

Location Information

  • Basin: Puget Sound (171100)
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Puget Sound
  • Latitude: 48.206576332144486
  • Longitude: -121.97530078124788


  • Puget Sound Chinook Salmon ESU




  • B.0 Salmonid Restoration Planning and AssessmentsY (Y/N)
    •      . . B.0.a Planning And Assessment Funding 26,929.00
    •      . . B.0.b.1 Area Encompassed 29,952.0
    •      . . B.1 Restoration Planning And CoordinationY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . B.1.a Planning and Coordination funding 6,000.00
      •      . . . . B.1.b.10 Designing or maintaining restoration data systemsY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.10.a
          Name of plan implemented
          Shared Strategy Development Committee and National Marine Fisheries Service. 2007. Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan for the Puget Sound Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). Comprised of two documents: 1) Shared Strategy Development Committee, 2005, Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan, Volumes I and II, adopted by the National Marine Fisheries Service on January 19, 2007; and 2) NMFS, 2006, Final Supplement to the Shared Strategy's Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan.
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.10.b
          Description and scope of the plan implemented
          This project supports implementing the Stillaguamish watershed chapter of the PS recovery plan by developing a tool to identify areas in the watershed where restoration activities occur.
      •      . . B.2 Salmonid Habitat Assessment / InventoryY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . B.2.a Habitat Assessment Funding 20,929.00
        •      . . . . B.2.d Habitat surveysY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . B.2.d.1 Type of habitat survey/assessment (LOV)
          •      . . . . . . B.2.d.2 Amount of habitat assessed 341.3
          •      . . . . . . B.2.d.3 Amount of habitat assessed that needed restoration 220.7