Coming Back: Restoring the Skokomish Watershed
The Skokomish Watershed Action Team spent many years working toward one goal: to restore the Skokomish watershed to a thriving, healthy headwaters forest. This is a great example of a non-traditional partnership between entities that, historically, have not collaborated with one another. It’s wonderful to see the progress that can be made when people come together for a specific purpose, even if their motives for doing so vary. But the best news is, it’s working. This month, the US Forest Service upgraded the upper South Fork of the Skokomish from “at-risk” to “properly functioning,” according to the Watershed Condition Framework.
Two of our Healthy Headwaters leaders, Mike Anderson and Rebecca Wolfe, were integral to the success of this restoration project. We are continually proud to work with the fantastic members of our leadership team that are effecting significant change in their local watersheds. Sharing their stories through the Healthy Headwaters Alliance is one of the many ways we’re working with these talented leaders to bring headwaters restoration to scale across the American West.
The Skokomish story, like so many of the success stories we’ve seen, is built around a group of strange bedfellows. This is also a core strategy of the Alliance that ensures a diversity of perspectives inform no-regrets solutions to the challenges facing our western watersheds. For inspiration on building partnerships in your watershed, check out the Skokomish Watershed Action Team’s video below, and Carpe Diem!
Updated June 23, 2016