First of Many Logjams Protecting Sockeye Habitat on Quinault River

“The primary objectives of the project were to protect the entrance of this important side channel used by sockeye for spawning and to reestablish new surfaces for floodplain reforestation planting. We have met those objectives” said Armstrong. “It was also the first time that a net loss of sockeye salmon spawning habitat was avoided in this watershed.”

Quinault Project Completed in Half the Time With Partnerships

“We took a leap of faith when we put it out to bid that we could come up with the money for the additional jams this year,” said Ed Johnstone, fisheries policy representative for QIN. To complete the additional four jams, QIN had to buy more logs. Thanks to last-minute donations of $10,000 from Pacific Coast Salmon Coalition in Forks, $15,000 from Wild Salmon Center in Portland and $25,000 from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, the project protecting one of the last remaining spawning channels for sockeye was completed.

Eight Peninsula Tribes, Olympic National Park Sign Pact

“The partnerships that are being built both in this process and in our work regarding removal of the Elwha dams and bringing the salmon back has been gratifying,” said Frances Charles, chairman of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. “It will continue to be important that we be informed when there are camps or artifacts found. Protecting all the resources on these lands and doing no harm is a joint concern. We’re grateful that the details of the government-to-government relationship make this partnership work and it will evolve as we listen to one another and move forward.”