I joined Scott for a few days on POW.

Goose Creek mill owner (Phil) showing off his 40 inch belt sander.

Goose Creek mill owner (Phil) showing off his 40 inch belt sander.

I arrived a day before Scott and was able to hook up with TNC’s community catalyst on POW, Michael Kampnich. Michael and I discussed our shared interest in improving communications and collaboration between the USFS and commercial fishermen on fish habitat restoration projects. We also were able to run out to a Goose Creek lumber mill who is proving to be a local leader in innovation and adding value to both young and old growth timber projects, particularly with selling materials locally.

Learning to Adze in the Kasaan carving shed.

Learning to Adze in the Kasaan carving shed.

Once Scott arrived, we drove together out to Kasaan to meet with Carrie and some folks from the tribe. We have just started working with OVK in Kasaan and were just getting to know the people, the community, and the current project priorities so that we can work with Carrie on figuring out how to best fit in with what we have to offer. Things are off to a great start with Kasaan.

Screw trap monitoring site on 12 mile creek. Compare this shot to the one at the bottom of the page!

Screw trap monitoring site on 12 mile creek. Compare this shot to the one at the bottom of the page!

Over the weekend, Scott and I met up with Mark Fox of the USFS and Cheryl Fecko (retired school teacher) to survey the 12 mile restoration project area for opportunities to set up stream monitoring stations as part of a youth education program. We had a good time walking prospective monitoring reaches and taking a look at how the engineered log jams withstood the high flow events last winter. We were also able to meet up with Minnie at 12 mile and show her examples of restoration work that is relevant to the areas that she is mapping near Hydaburg.

Minnie and her Nephew Devon joined me in testing a UAV for surveying stream restoration at 12 mile.

Minnie and her Nephew Devon joined me in testing a UAV for surveying stream restoration at 12 mile.

On Monday, Scott and I worked with Minnie in Hydaburg. We visited with Tony Christianson to discuss Hydaburg project priorities, expanding the list a bit, and identifying some good prospects for future work.

It rained very hard on Sunday and Monday, resulting in flood conditions on several creeks, including 12 mile. Scott gallantly rescued some monitoring equipment from the torrent!

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Scott saving the monitoring equipment from a 12 mile creek flooding event.

Scott saving the monitoring equipment from a 12 mile creek flooding event.