Contact: Steve Robinson
QUINAULT, WA ( 6/10 /16) — Quinault Indian Nation, Lead Entity for Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 21, is inviting the public to participate in a public meeting regarding habitat restoration projects in Water Resource Inventory Area 21 on the evening of Thursday, June 23. The meeting will be held at the Lake Quinault Lodge from 7 pm to 9:30 pm.
“This will be the fourth annual public meeting, intended to provide information and answer questions about restoration and protection of our coastal rivers and streams that provide habitat for our naturally spawning salmon,” said QIN President Fawn Sharp. President Sharp will be on hand as a guest speaker.
Members of the QIN Lead Entity Salmon Habitat Restoration Team will present updates about salmon habitat restoration efforts in the Quinault and Queets river systems. Featured projects include upper Quinault River Restoration and the Hurst Creek Rehabilitation Pilot Project.
“This is an opportunity to learn about projects intended to restore physical and biological processes that improve salmon and steelhead habitat,” said Bill Armstrong, Habitat Management Scientist and Lead Entity Coordinator for the Quinault Indian Nation.
“Salmon are an essential resource to our local communities and we are committed to restoring habitat they must have to return to our waters,” said President Sharp. “We are fully aware of the importance of developing and maintaining good, positive relations with our neighbors in the process of achieving this critically important objective. It is particularly important for us to be supportive of one another and work together,” she said.
Speakers at the June 23 meeting include Bill Armstrong, Quinault Division of Natural Resources, Leif Embertson of Natural Systems Design, Dr. Kevin Fetherston of R2 Resource Consultants, Jill Silver of the 10,000 Year Institute, and Kyle Smith of The Nature Conservancy. Topics will include engineered log jams and salmon habitat responses, floodplain forest restoration, and non-native plant management. Steve Robinson of SR Productions and Public Relations Coordinator for Quinault Indian Nation will emcee the meeting.
A tour of habitat restoration projects will precede the community meeting. The public is invited, but are asked to RSVP by June 20 by emailing Robinson at Water4fish@comcast.net.
Lake Quinault Lodge is located at 345 South Shore Rd., Quinault. Light refreshments and coffee will be served.