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The crew monitoring a canopy gap in the young growth forests near Todd Cannery. Roger Williams (Angoon), Kaung Kyi (Myanmar), Scott Harris (Texas), Aaron McCluskey (Angoon)

Last week we teamed up with a watershed crew from the Angoon Community Association and the Tongass National Forest to monitor the effectiveness of restoration work on Sitkoh River and the forests near the old Todd Cannery in Peril Strait. This is our third year of teaming up with the Angoon crew and the Forest Service for this work.

In 2012, we partnered with the Forest Service to implement an in-stream restoration project in Sitkoh River. Since then we have been diligently monitoring the effects of that project.

The forest around the old Todd Cannery in Peril Strait was clearcut logged nearly 80 years ago. In 1990 the US Forest Service created canopy gaps in the young growth forests to encourage the growth of plants for deer. Mainly due to the advocacy of the late Greg Killinger (USFS) these gaps have been well-monitored. And we joined that effort last year and this year.

Besides collecting data critical to understanding the effects of restoration actions, we are involving community members from Angoon in hands-on stewardship efforts, in forests and streams within their traditional use areas.

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Roger Williams collecting a tree core to age the forest stand.

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Aaron McCluskey taking a siting with the autolevel