In order to meet the growing interest in community-based stream habitat assessment, we hosted a 2-day training (April 21 and 22) in the assessment protocols used by the Tongass National Forest, called Tier II. Representatives from four different rural communities (Haines, Skagway, Wrangell, and Sitka) in Southeast Alaska participated. The training was conducted by Emil Tucker, KK Prussian, and Marty Becker of the US Forest Service.
One of the outcomes of this training is that small community organizations are better versed in the language of and have a better understanding of the metrics involved in these surveys. This in turn will increase the capacity of these groups to engage with the Forest Service and other agencies on collaborative stream habitat initiatives. We are also working on developing a common language and protocol for stream surveys throughout the region. Finally, community groups can apply this protocol on stream surveys on projects on private and state lands.
Participants were: Brad Ryan and Angela Eldred with the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition, Rachel Ford with the Taiya Inlet Watershed Council, Jeff Feldpausch and Jessica Gill with the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, and Scott Harris with Sitka Conservation Society.