Tongass staff, partners restore Spasski Creek by hand

 

 

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Tongass National Forest employees worked with partners and employees of the Hoonah Native Forest Partnership (HNFP) in August to demonstrate hand tool restoration methods on Spasski Creek, part of Huna Totem Corporation land near Hoonah, Alaska. The extensive restoration project using manual labor was less impactful on the environment, relative to heavy equipment. The project was initiated by the HNFP to promote wildlife habitat recovery, restore stream function and fish habitat, and work together in land stewardship and workforce development. It was an invaluable opportunity for diverse landowners to share experiences and demonstrate skillsets in land management and forest stewardship.

“We made incredible progress on the stream restoration and installed eight structures that are going to be very beneficial to that tributary,” said Hoonah Community Catalyst Ian Johnson. “The amount of work accomplished exceeded expectations. I am confident that the crews went away with the knowledge needed to continue this work in the future”.

Between 13 – 16 people were on site each day, including the forest staff and HNFP. The other participants included the Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Alaska, Hoonah Community Catalyst and three community volunteers. The project was funded by Forest Service Diversity Grant funds and the Hoonah Native Forest Partnership.





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