Skokomish Watershed Restoration

Photo of large culvert before its removal. After large culvert removal and channel restoration in the Skokomish watershed.Before an 8 foot diameter culvert in the Skokomish watershed was removed to allow for fish passage. After removal of fish passage barrier culvert in the Skokomish watershed.

 

Since 2004, the Forest Service in collaboration with the Skokomish Watershed Action Team, the Skokomish Tribe, and several other partners, has completed over $11.1 million in restoration work in the Skokomish River Watershed. Restorative actions have emphasized road decommission, closure, stabilization, and trail conversion work, and commercial and pre-commercial thinning.

Video - Coming Back: Restoring the Skokomish Watershed

Watershed Action Plans

Skokomish Watershed Action Team (SWAT)

Skokomish Watershed Action TeamThe Skokomish Watershed Action Team (SWAT) is a highly effective, broad-based collaborative group promoting restoration of the Skokomish River watershed on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.  The SWAT has forged a strong and durable partnership that actively promotes collaboration on restoration work on National Forest Service lands in the upper South Fork Skokomish watershed and coordination of work throughout the Skokomish valley.  

US Forest Service Natural Resource Manager Robin Stoddard.Mission Statement: The Skokomish Watershed Action Team will work towards common ecological and economic goals in the Skokomish River watershed through collaborative basin restoration projects. Go to: Skokomish Watershed Action Team website

Restoration Highlights

2010 South Fork Skokomish River Large Wood Project

During the summer of 2010 a collaborative large-scale river restoration project took place which involved constructing a series of 30 log jam structures along one mile of the mainstem South Fork Skokomish River. This was done to stabilize streambanks, restore stream function, and improve aquatic habitat in a reach that had been cleared for a proposed reservoir in the 1950s. South Fork Skokomish River Large Wood Project (PDF File - 1.26 mb)

2009 World Forestry Congress

The Skokomish watershed was one of three restoration case studies featured in the United States’ exhibit at the World Forestry Congress, which was held October 18-25, 2009, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Held every six years, the World Forestry Congress drew approximately 6,000 participants from 160 countries. Representing the Skokomish Watershed Action Team were Robin Stoddard from the Olympic National Forest and Keith Dublanica from Mason Conservation District. The Skokomish was selected for its local partnership efforts.