FY16 Ongoing Dungeness (and ESU) Salmonid Recovery and Riparian Habitat Restoration Design/Planning

Salmonid Restoration Planning and Assessments

Restoration Planning And Coordination Salmonid Habitat Assessment / Inventory
Project ID2016-JSKT-01
Recovery DomainsPuget Sound
Start Date10/01/2017
End Date07/31/2019
Year2016
StatusCompleted
Last Edited05/08/2024
 
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Description    


NOTE: This ongoing project overlapped with our FY15 award because our budget for contracted Point No Point Treaty Council (PNPTC) work in our FY15 version of the project was expended. Thus, PNPTC contract work began (October 2017) prior to the other ongoing tasks, which began July 2018.

This ongoing project involved three main tasks:

1) design and planning of riparian habitat restoration and protection projects for streams and tributaries in the Dungeness watershed;
Staff engaged in design, planning and coordination of floodplain and riparian restoration, including dike setbacks, large woody debris installations; and planning for riparian property acquisitions, per the Tribes “Recommended Land Protection Strategies for the Dungeness River Riparian Area (2003)” (updated 2017). Planning efforts related to riparian habitat restoration included ongoing communications with relevant landowners and conducting extensive due diligence related to riparian properties the Tribe sought to purchase for riparian protection and habitat restoration. The Tribe also drafted a Draft Tribal Conservation Stewardship Plan, to further guide the Tribe on managing and restoring the properties it purchases for conservation purposes.

This task also included review of our 2018 aerial photo acquisition (which were purchased with FY2015 PCSR funding), and contracting for and acquisition of 2019 aerial photos (which required a grant extension, to allow for a weather window). The aerial photo flight for imagery acquisition occurred July 2, and was proofed by the contractor and delivered to us for review by mid-August. [Worktypes: Coordination on implementation of Recovery Plan; Evaluation and analyses of restoration projects; Habitat Survey].

2) technical assistance by tribal staff to partners involved with restoration projects that benefit ESA-listed salmonids;
Staff provided technical expertise at North Olympic Peninsula Lead Entity (NOPLE) meetings, DRMT meetings, and County-led Dungeness dike setback planning/design meetings, and participated in ranking projects submitted to to DRMT (for review), NOPLE and the Salmon Recovery Funding Board.
Technical assistance to and partnerships with restoration groups targeted key factors limiting salmonid productivity, including floodplain connectivity, riparian and instream habitat, and water conservation.

3) coordination of activities related to ESA-listed salmonid recovery and watershed restoration, such as leading and participating at Dungeness River Management Team meetings, and including activities appointed by Jamestown to the Point-No-Point Treaty Council (Treaty Council).
The Tribe continued to coordinate monthly DRMT meetings. Treaty Council efforts assisted the Tribe with: 1) riparian salmonid habitat protection and restoration planning; 2) furthering development of an ESA-listed Puget Sound Steelhead Recovery Plan and implementation and adaptive management of the HCCC Hood Canal/Strait of Juan de Fuca Summer Chum Salmon Recovery Plan; 3) design of projects that address factors limiting the productivity and viability of ESA-listed Pacific anadromous salmonids; and, 4) participation in other forums, processes and initiatives focused on improving salmonid productivity and viability. [Worktypes: Coordination on implementation of Recovery Plan (Chinook)].

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: With this planning work, we target critical habitat parcels and stream reaches that are priority areas for the Tribe to 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.

(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):
The planning and coordination activities conducted by Point-No-Point helps protect natural resources and therefore tribal fishing opportunities, which directly address tribal treaty fishing rights. Pass through to the Treaty Council helps the Tribe fulfill staff capacity needs by having Treaty staff keep us 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$128,983
Report Total:$128,983


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Worksites

JSKT TRS: T29N R03W S12    


  • Worksite Identifier: JSKT TRS: T29N R03W S12
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Area Description
Dungeness and Sequim Bays (using Tribal Center location)

Location Information

  • Basin: Puget Sound (171100)
  • Subbasin: Dungeness-Elwha (17110020)
  • Watershed: Jimmycomelately Creek-Frontal Sequim Bay (1711002002)
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Puget Sound
  • Latitude: 48.025441
  • Longitude: -122.996419

ESU

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

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Metrics

Metrics
  • B.0 Salmonid Restoration Planning and AssessmentsY (Y/N)
    •      . . B.0.a Planning And Assessment Funding 128,983.00
    •      . . B.0.b.1 Area Encompassed 173,589.0
    •      . . B.1 Restoration Planning And CoordinationY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . B.1.a Planning and Coordination funding 118,858.00
      •      . . . . B.1.b.1 Development of a Recovery PlanY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.1.a
          Name of the Recovery Plan
          National Marine Fisheries Service. 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 Treaty Council is providing technical support on behalf of Point No Point Treaty 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.
      •      . . . . 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
          How project supports plan implementation: This ongoing project supports plan implementation by providing staff salary support to engage with outside entities to have dialogue about the most effective restoration practices within and beyond our home watershed, the Dungeness. Dungeness riparian corridor restoration planning has included planning for: land protection strategies of specific riparian and drift cell parcels, Dungeness floodplain restoration (e.g., dike setbacks), lower Dungeness River restoration and large woody debris installation. All of these efforts are among the 10 strategic elements for recovery listed in the Dungeness Chapter of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan. Also, aerial photography is included in the “summary of Dungeness monitoring program” within the Dungeness Chapter of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan. Plan Description: See http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/protected_species/salmon_steelhead/recovery_planning_and_implementation/puget_sound/puget_sound_chinook_recovery_plan.html
      •      . . . . 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 for Salmon 2016 Work Plan. Port Angeles, WA.
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.9.b
          Description and scope of the plan implemented
          List of potential restoration projects recommended to be implemented within four years. How project supports plan: Participation in NOPLE meetings and related field trips, project prioritization, presentations, etc., and technical support provided to various sponsors of projects within the plan, and planning for Tribal-sponsored projects within the Plan, all directly support implementing this on-going plan.
      •      . . B.2 Salmonid Habitat Assessment / InventoryY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . B.2.a Habitat Assessment Funding 10,125.00
        •      . . . . 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 4,566.0