Monitoring is key to successful restoration and enhancement
The afternoon speakers discussed efforts to monitor habitat projects.
Lummi Nation geomorphologist Michael Maudlin spoke about monitoring large woody debris restoration on the South Fork Nooksack River. Lummi has monitored the effectiveness of its logjam projects in the South Fork since 2001. One of the challenges is separating the reach-scale effects of the logjams from changes that would have occurred without restoration. More funding is needed for monitoring.
Tulalip Tribes wildlife manager Mike Sevigny described the success of some wildlife meadows that were planted with the goal of providing high-quality, nutritious forage 365 days a year.
Before the tribes had a casino, one of the main sources of revenue was forestry. Now, the wildlife department is funded entirely by the tribe, including casino revenue.
The Tulalip wildlife department used hydroseeding, which increases germination, reduces erosion and holds in moisture. Read more about the meadows on page 5 of our magazine.
Hydroseeding increases germination, reduces erosion and holds in moisture.
The meadows have flourished even more than Sevigny expected. Night vision cameras have shown deer foraging after dark.
As soon as we get that first sprout germinating in there, they’re eating everything. Even after last winter’s heavy snowfall, deer had no problem finding food under the snow.
We definitely achieved our goal of providing a lot of food during the lean times.