In the Summer of 2012, the Sitkoh River Partnership (USFS Tongass National Forest, Sitka Conservation Society, and Trout Unlimited, Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund) restored 1800 feet of salmon spawning and rearing habitat. The river had diverted from its natural stream course and was flowing down an old logging road. The project restored the river to its natural stream bed.
During the construction phase of the project, we enlisted Sitka students and community members to help transplant coho salmon fry that became stranded during construction work.
Follow-up for this project involves monitoring field trips to document how natural stream hydrology is effecting the installed structures, and to assess the effectiveness of the restoration design and techniques. The data we collect will be used by the Tongass National Forest to meet monitoring and adaptive management requirements.
Sitka Conservation Society teamed up with the Sitka Ranger District and the Watershed Crew of the Angoon Community Association (ACA) to conduct monitoring activities in 2012, 2013, and 2014. By working with the ACA, we were able to provide some technical training to future forest workers and integrate the community of Angoon with the healing of a river system within their traditional territory. This crew is funded through Title II of the Secure Rural Schools Act.
For additional information, follow the links below:
Statement of Objectives, Sitkoh River Restoration Project (USFS document) – 7Mb
Video of the restoration work:
This project was supported with funding from the National Forest Foundation. Founded by Congress in 1991, the National Forest Foundation works to conserve, restore, and enhance America’s 193-million-acre National Forest System. Through community-based strategies and public-private partnerships, the NFF helps enhance wildlife habitat, revitalizes wildfire-damaged landscapes, restores watersheds, and improves recreational resources for the benefit of all Americans.