FY 2015 Continued Dungeness (and ESU) Salmon Recovery and Riparian Habitat Restoration Planning

Salmonid Restoration Planning and Assessments

Restoration Planning And Coordination Salmonid Habitat Assessment / Inventory
Project ID2015-JSKT-01
Recovery DomainsPuget Sound
Start Date01/01/2017
End Date06/30/2018
Year2015
StatusCompleted
Last Edited05/08/2024
 
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Description    


Our ongoing planning for salmon recovery and habitat restoration included the following tasks for FY2015 allocation:

(a) Planning and coordination of specific riparian habitat restoration and protection projects for streams and tributaries primarily in the Dungeness and Sequim Bay watersheds
Staff engaged in planning and coordination of high priority restoration and protection projects, including: floodplain and riparian restoration, including conceptual plans for purchasing/protecting parcels in the vicinity of the Hurd Creek Hatchery, conceptual planning for Large Woody Debris installations in the upper Dungeness watershed; and planning and due diligence for several property acquisitions along the Dungeness River. [These activities occur under the coordination on implementing a recovery plan].

The Tribe obtained extremely useful annual aerial photography for use in all of its riparian planning efforts (e.g. tracking shoreline development or areas in need of protection, tracking shoreline erosion, tracking land use changes over time, etc.). [These activities occur under the habitat survey/use of remote sensing worktype].

(b) Technical assistance by tribal staff to partners involved with restoration projects benefiting ESA-listed salmonids
The Tribe provided technical assistance and involvement on salmonid habitat improvement or protection projects, or in restoration planning groups (some of them ongoing) such as the Dungeness River Management Team (DRMT) and other local and regional planning or technical groups, such as the North Olympic Peninsula Lead Entity and the related Technical Review Group. The Tribe, as a member of the DRMT, scored SRFB project proposals, and, as DRMT coordinator, compiled individual and group scores and comments on behalf of the DRMT. The Tribe stayed informed about the Countys Shoreline Master Planning process and updates to that Plan, as well as continued to consult on the Countys lower floodplain restoration and dike setback project. All of this work targeted key factors limiting salmonid productivity, including low flows, loss of side-channel and estuarine habitats, loss of floodplain function and other habitat impairments. [These activities occur under the coordination on implementing a recovery plan worktype, and evaluation/analysis of restoration plans/projects].

(c) Coordination of activities related to ESA-listed salmonid recovery and watershed restoration, including those appointed by Jamestown to the Point-No-Point Treaty Council (Treaty Council)
Treaty Council efforts continued to assist with: (i) riparian salmonid habitat protection and restoration planning; (ii) furthering development (including technical involvement in drafting the plan) and implementation of an ESA-listed Puget Sound Steelhead Recovery Plan; (iii) design of studies and projects that address factors limiting the productivity and viability of ESA-listed Pacific anadromous salmonids; and, (iv) participation in other forums, processes and initiatives focused on improving salmonid productivity and viability. Efforts are described in semi-annual progress reports.

[With the exception of the PNP tribal staffer’s involvement in the steelhead recovery team- constituting recovery plan development, all activities are considered coordination on implementing a recovery plan worktype].

NOTE: The budget allocated for ongoing coordinating activities under Task (c), for Point No Point Treaty Council, was spent by September 2017. Therefore, FY16 funding was initiated for this task beginning in October 2017. The overlap is also noted in related progress reports.

Project Benefit    


a) Planning and coordination of riparian habitat restoration and protection projects for streams and tributaries primarily in the Dungeness and Sequim Bay watersheds: This planning work targets critical habitat parcels and stream reaches in efforts to halt or reverse the decline of healthy riparian corridor habitat. Benefits include: eventual riparian and habitat improvements in lower Dungeness River; spawning, rearing and refugia habitat improvements in the lower river diked reach; a better understanding of riparian planning needs and habitat changes by comparing aerial photos over time.

Ongoing lower Dungeness riparian corridor restoration and Dungeness floodplain restoration are among the 10 strategic elements for recovery listed in the Dungeness Chapter of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan. Aerial photography is included in the “summary of Dungeness monitoring program” within the Dungeness Chapter of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan. As noted in APPENDIX A of the Puget Sound Chinook Salmon Recovery Plan, funding for staff capacity is an ongoing need to work on the numerous policies, programs and additional planning and coordination needed to implement recovery plan recommendations, especially with regard to enhancing habitat regulatory protections and incentive programs.

b) Technical assistance by tribal staff to partners involved with restoration projects that benefit ESA-listed salmonids:
The Tribe’s involvement in coordinating recovery projects with the community and local and federal agencies helps sustain partnerships and provide for efficiencies in accomplishing salmon recovery goals. Recommendations in the local watershed plan and the Recovery Plan are intended to improve water quality, in-stream habitat, in-stream flows, and aid in salmon recovery. On a regional scale, our continued participation in activities related to the Puget Sound Partnership, and the many other ongoing planning and salmon management forums, keeps us informed about and gives the Tribe a stronger voice in decision-making related to regional salmon recovery. Instream flow improvement is one of the 10 strategic elements for recovery listed in the Dungeness Chapter of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan, so participation in related forums is essential.

(d) Coordination of activities related to ESA-listed salmonid recovery and watershed restoration, including those appointed by Jamestown to the Point-No-Point Treaty Council (Treaty Council):
The planning and coordination activities conducted by Point-No-Point help protect natural resources and therefore tribal fishing opportunities, which directly address tribal treaty fishing rights. Pass through to the Treaty Council helps the Tribe in its capacity to stay well-informed on a variety of region-wide salmon recovery issues.

These tasks are recommended in several documents, such as: Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan, WRIA 18 Elwha-Dungeness Watershed Plan, Summer Chum Salmon Conservation Initiative, HCCC Summer Chum Salmon Recovery Plan, and NOPLE Three-Year Work Plan.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$136,663
Report Total:$136,663


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Worksites

JSKT TRS: T29N R03W S12    


  • Worksite Identifier: JSKT TRS: T29N R03W S12
  • Start Date: 01/01/2017
  • End Date: 12/31/2017
Area Description
Dungeness and Sequim Bay Watersheds and Tribe's ESU

Location Information

  • Basin: Puget Sound (171100)
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Puget Sound
  • Latitude: 48.025441
  • Longitude: -122.996419

ESU

  • Puget Sound Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Puget Sound Steelhead DPS
  • Hood Canal Summer-run Chum Salmon ESU

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Metrics

Metrics
  • B.0 Salmonid Restoration Planning and AssessmentsY (Y/N)
    •      . . B.0.a Planning And Assessment Funding 136,663.00
    •      . . B.0.b.1 Area Encompassed 173,589.0
    •      . . B.1 Restoration Planning And CoordinationY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . B.1.a Planning and Coordination funding 126,688.00
      •      . . . . B.1.b.1 Development of a Recovery PlanY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.1.a
          Name of the Recovery Plan
          Puget Sound Steelhead Salmon Recovery Plan (currently under development).
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.1.b
          Description and Scope of the Recovery Plan
          The Plan will include measurable criteria and site-specific actions that will lead to the species' recovery. Point No Point is providing technical support on behalf of Point No Point Tribes, and is working with the other partners involved, as well (e.g., state, tribal, local, and private partners). The Plan will build on the existing, NOAA-adopted, recovery plans for Puget Sound Chinook and Hood Canal summer-run chum. A Draft is hoped for 2018 or 2019.
      •      . . . . B.1.b.2 Coordination on implementation of a Recovery PlanY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.2.a
          Name of the Recovery 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.2.b
          Description and scope of the Recovery Plan implemented
          The Dungeness Chapter of the Recovery Plan contains 10 key strategies identified for Dungeness recovery, including significant habitat protection and restoration (requiring continued planning).
      •      . . . . B.1.b.9 Evaluation/analysis of restoration plans and projectsY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.9.a
          Name of plan implemented
          2016. North Olympic Peninsula Lead Entity Group. North Olympic Peninsula Lead Entity 3 Year Work Plan. Port Angeles, WA.
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.9.b
          Description and scope of the plan implemented
          How project supports this Plan: The plan lists potential restoration projects recommended to be implemented within the North Olympic Peninsula Lead Entity area, within the next three years. PCSR funding allows Tribe to participate in NOPLE and or DRMT meetings (to review projects and processes) and NOPLE technical group meetings (to provide recommendations on projects, and to help rank projects).
      •      . . B.2 Salmonid Habitat Assessment / InventoryY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . B.2.a Habitat Assessment Funding 9,975.00
        •      . . . . 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 10,365.0
          •      . . . . . . B.2.d.3 Amount of habitat assessed that needed restoration 4,406.0