Collaborative Updates

10/15/18 September 2018 Monthly Update

• On 9/14 the Olympic Collaborative received confirmation that their grant request to the Washington Department of Natural Resources for restoration thinning project work and developing a monitoring protocol was awarded.
• On 9/26 the Olympic Collaborative hosted with the Olympic National Forest a field meeting to discuss the recently released proposed action for the Wynoochee Watershed Project. More than a dozen members of the Collaborative and the Olympic National Forest participated in the meeting which included discussion about restoration thinning and other aspects of the proposal as well as a hike into one of the units.
• In September the Olympic National Forest requested the number of hours that the Olympic Collaborative has contributed toward restoration thinning work during FY2019
• The Collaborative is planning with Olympic Natural Resources Center to organize the first of three public meetings for the Olympic Collaborative in the Forks area for November.

9/26/18 – Olympic National Forest Staff and Olympic Collaborative Members Have Field Meeting in Wynoochee

On 9/26 the Olympic Collaborative hosted with the Olympic National Forest a field meeting to discuss the recently released proposed action for the Wynoochee Watershed Project. More than a dozen members of the Collaborative and the Olympic National Forest participated in the meeting which included discussion about restoration thinning and other aspects of the proposal as well as a hike into one of the units. This provided an excellent opportunity for Collaborative members to learn more about the recently released Proposed Action for the Wynoochee Management Plan and for Olympic National Forest Staff to meet and interact with members of the Collaborative.

9/15/18 August 2018 Monthly Update

• On 8/8 the Olympic Collaborative hosted a public filed tour on their H to Z stewardship sale in the Sol Duc watershed. The tour was well attended by more than 30 participants.
• On 8/15/18 the Olympic National Forest awarded the contract for the Big Creek Stewardship Sale to Sierra Pacific Industries for an estimated forest product value of $654,281.76.
• On 8/31 the Olympic Collaborative submitted a grant application to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources as part of their cross boundary competitive grant program for Washington forest Collaborative projects. The grant requested funds to do pre-sale inventory and layout work on the Queets Corner and Humptulips restoration thinning projects on the Olympic National Forest as well as funding for the establishment and intimal implementation of a monitoring protocol for stewardship sales the Collaborative has been involved with.

8/15/18 July 2018 Monthly Update

• On 7/13/18 the Olympic National Forest opened bidding for the Big Creek Stewardship Sale to local contractors and loggers.
• On 7/16 the Olympic Collaborative received a formal offer letter to work with the Olympic National Forest on two additional projects (Queets Corner and Humptulips). The Collaborative accepted the offer and will continue planning work on the two projects.
• On 7/18 the Olympic Collaborative submitted a grant application to the Washington Department of Natural Resources’ Washington Forest Collaborative Infrastructure Pilot Program for $25,000 to support coordination and organizational capacity needs.
• On 7/26 DNR awarded the Olympic Forest Collaborative an infrastructure pilot project grant. The Collaborative is in contract negotiation on the final project.
• On 7/30 Collaborative member crews led by 10,000 Years Institute did Herb Robert eradication on H to Z project site.
• On 7/31 the Collaborative hosted a public outreach site visit to the Big Creek project site. Residents, stakeholders attended and viewed the project, learned about stewardship restoration project plans, and asked questions of the US Forest Service staff and Collaborative members.

8/8/18 – Olympic Collaborative, Representative Kilmer Host Field Tour on H to Z Project

On 8/8 the Olympic Collaborative hosted a public filed tour at their H to Z stewardship sale in the Sol Duc watershed. The H to Z was harvested in September 2017 and was the first pilot project of the Olympic Forest Collaborative on the Pacific Ranger District of the Olympic National Forest. The stewardship sale has two components: a thinning project, and an upland habitat enhancement component to increase standing and down dead wood and understory plant diversity and improve habitat for sensitive and threatened species. The Field Tour discussed the Olympic Collaborative’s role in the H to Z project, remarks about the efforts by the Olympic Collaborative by U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA06) and a question and answer portion with stakeholders and members of the Collaborative. The tour was well attended with more than 30 participants including U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer, State Representative Mike Chapman, Clallam County Councilmember Bill Peach, Forks Mayor, Port Angeles Mayor Sissi Bruch, Port of Port Angeles Commissioner Connie Bouve and representatives from representatives from Olympic Natural Resources Center, North Olympic Timber Action Committee, Coast Salmon Partnership, the Hoh and Quileute Tribes.

7/31/18 Collaborative Holds Big Creek Field Tour with Local Stakeholders

The Olympic Collaborative hosted a public field tour on their Big Creek Stewardship Sale in conjunction with the Olympic National Forest. The tour introduced the Olympic Collaborative and provided education about the nature of Stewardship contracting which focuses on restoration thinning focused on promoting late successional stand characteristics and allows the receipts from the sale to go toward an additional aquatic restoration project on the Olympic National Forest. The tour also clarified how the slae will minimize impacts to recreation associated with the popular Big Creek trail and campground. The aquatic restoration project for this sale will be on Vance Creek in the Skokomish watershed. The tour was well attended with about 20 participants such as Olympic National Forest staff including Forest Supervisor Reta LaFord, Mike Anderson and Bob Metzger from the Skokomish Watershed Action Team, Mitzie Schindle from the Olympic Peninsula Access Coalition, Max Franklin from the Hoodsport Chamber of Commerce, Chuck Malinski from Evergreen Turtle Rockets Trail running club.

7/30/18 Collaborative Crew Tackles Invasive Weeds on H to Z Site

• On 7/30 a local crew of 6 restoration technicians from 10,000 Years Institute, an Olympic Collaborative member, spent 8 hours pulling 75 pounds of herb Robert, a highly invasive non-native weed from the H to Z site, one of the Collaborative’s stewardship sales in the Sol Duc watershed. Great Work!

7/15/18 June 2018 Monthly Update

• On 6/7 members of the Collaborative met with members of the U.S Forest Service Region 6 Forest Leadership Team, including Regional Forester Jim Pena and Olympic National Forest Supervisor Reta LaFord during a field tour on the Middle Fork Snoqualmie region of the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest.
• On 6/8 members of the Collaborative attended the Skokomish Watershed Action Team (SWAT) board meeting to discuss Big Creek project, site visit and stewardship project opportunities. US Forest Service staff also attended and discussed potential future projects in the watershed through 2021.
• On 6/11 The Olympic Collaborative scheduled a Big Creek public field visit for July 31. Collaborative members will plan the visit with the SWAT and the Forest Service and local stakeholders.
• On 6/11 Collaborative members met with the Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC) and Rep. Kilmer’s office to finalize next steps for the funding provided by the Washington State Legislature to support the Olympic Collaborative’s efforts.
• On 6/20 Collaborative members participated in the monthly Washington Collaborative Network call. This was an opportunity for a Q&A with Washington Department of Nature Resource staff to ask clarifying questions related to the upcoming DNR request for proposal (RFP) funding for forest collaborative capacity building.

6/15/18 May 2018 Monthly Update

• On 5/1 Collaborative member spoke with ONF Supervisor Reta LaFord about two new projects: Queets Corner and Humptulips CE. The Wynoochee project is still in planning stages.
• On 5/14 Collaborative members toured the Big Creek project to plan for public outreach and local stakeholders site visit. The Collaborative met with local partners of the Skokomish Watershed Action Team to plan the site visit and discuss stewardship projects.
• On 5/14 Collaborative members met with local stakeholders in the west end of the Olympic National Forest to plan public outreach in their area.
• On 5/14 The Collaborative board met and agreed to move ahead with the State Legislature’s capacity funding in partnership with the Olympic Natural Resources Center. The Collaborative also decided to apply for capacity building and stewardship forest health restoration funding when the two requests for proposals are published.
• On 5/14 The Collaborative agreed to hold a public outreach field tour to H to Z in July or August to demonstrate the Collaborative’s impact in that project.
• On 5/21 The Collaborative evaluated the H to Z project and completed a project “accomplishment survey” preliminary report. The project yielded more revenue per acre than anticipated. The Collaborative experimented with GPS to lay out the boundary, rather than traversing method. The GPS method was also used on the with Donkey Creek project. The Collaborative finished replanting of H to Z.
• On 5/29/18 the Olympic National Forest advertised the Big Creek Stewardship Sale in local outlets

5/15/18 April 2018 Monthly Update

• Big Creek project planning moved forward with a meeting between the Olympic National Forest staff and the Collaborative. The Big Creek appraisal was released with the sale documents.
• The Collaborative received support from the Washington state Legislature for outreach and capacity. The Collaborative began discussions with the University of Washington’s Olympic Natural Resource Center, located in Forks, WA, to plan for the funding.
• On 4/5 members of the Collaborative attended the Pacific Northwest Forest Collaboratives Summit in Hood River, OR.
• On 4/9 Trevor McConchie, Executive Policy Advisor on Forest Health and Wildfire at Washington Department of Natural Resources, spoke to the Olympic Collaborative by conference call to discuss and answer questions about the DNR’s new federally funded Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) program. The GNA program is focused on increasing capacity for working forestry and restoration thinning on Forest Service lands. McConchie reported that the GNA program has two pilot projects on the Olympic National Forest: a stream monitoring project and a FSB thinning project on the North Fork of the Calawah. The projects are scheduled to begin in the fall of 2018, and hoped to contribute $600,000 to restoration in the forest and future projects.
• On 4/9 the Olympic Collaborative agreed to have standing weekly Board conference calls indefinitely to respond to requests and project opportunities.
• On 4/18 a member of the Olympic Collaborative participated in the Washington Collaborative Network monthly meeting. In the meeting we continued a discussion about finalizing metrics that collaborative groups would actively track and discussed details of Washington DNR competitive grants available to WA collaborative groups in 2018.