2017 Program

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Day 1 – May 23, 9:30am – 7:00pm

8:00 – 9:30                Registration

9:30 – 9:45                Opening Prayer  

9:45 – 10:00             Welcome

Tyson Johnston, Vice-President, Quinault Indian Nation

10:00                          Keynote Video: Billy Frank Jr.
                                   s??dadx? (salmon)

10:00 – 10:15           Conference / Agenda Overview

Ed Johnstone, Quinault Fisheries Policy Spokesman, NWIFC Treasurer

10:15 – 11:00           Tribal Habitat Strategy
                                    gw?dzadad – “Teaching of Our Ancestors”

  • Background, Purpose and Next Steps
  • How it works / key targets and geospatial goals
  • Initiating Work
    Lorraine Loomis, Dave Herrera, and Justin Parker, NWIFC

11:00 – 11:15           Coordinating State / Tribal Recovery Efforts

                  JT Austin, Governor’s Natural Resources Policy Office

11:15 – 12:00           Quantification of Habitat

  • First steps in linking harvest goals, hatchery strategies and habitat objectives
    Ken Currens, NWIFC

12:00 – 1:30             Lunch

Video: “Not for Any Price” (Cherry Point)

1:00 – 1:30                Communications Strategy

  • Telling the Story and Creating Allies
    Tony Meyer and Emmett O’Connell, NWIFC

1:30 – 2:00                Information Management Framework

  • Measuring Progress / Tracking Status and Trends
    Bruce Jones, NWIFC 

2:00 – 5:00                Riparian Corridors and Floodplains

Moderators: Ash Roorbach and Eliza Ghitis, NWIFC

  • Regional Riparian Corridor Analysis
    Ash Roorbach, NWIFC and Marilu Koschak, NWIFC SSHIAP
  • Skagit Riparian Buffer Model: LiDAR Analyses for Habitat Protection
    Tim Hyatt, Skagit River System Cooperative
  • Upper Quinault River Riparian Forest Restoration
    Dr. Kevin Fetherston, R2 Resource Consultants
    Bill Armstrong, Quinault Department of Fisheries


  • Chehalis River Basin Floodplain Restoration Alternative
    Dr. Tim Abbe, Natural Systems Design
    Mark Mobbs, Quinault Division of Natural Resources
  • Assuring Restoration Permanence – Land Protection Strategies
    Thom Woodruff, Capitol Land Trust

5:30 – 7:00                Evening Social

  • Poster Session
  • Cultural Presentation – Guy Capoeman, Conference Artist
  • Razor Clam Chowder
  • No-Host Bar

Day 2 – May 24, 8:00am – 5:00pm

7:00 – 8:00                Razor Clam Survey Demonstration Cancelled due to Forecast

Scott Mazzone, Shellfish/Marine Fish Biologist, Quinault Indian Nation

8:00 – 8:50                Breakfast

8:50 – 9:00                Opening Prayer

9:00 – 11:00             Water – Quality and Quantity

Moderators: Todd Bolster and Catherine O’Neill, NWIFC

  • Water Law 101
    Rachael Paschal Osborn, Co-founder of Center for Environmental Law and Policy
  • Protecting Stream Flows: Lessons Learned in the Skagit/Samish Rivers
    Larry Wasserman, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
  • Monitoring and Modeling Case Study: Groundwater Model and Streamflow Records for Johns and Goldsborough Creeks
    Erica Marbet, Squaxin Island Tribe

11:00 – 12:30           Puget Sound / Nearshore

Moderator: Cecilia Gobin, NWIFC

  • Puget Sound Geology, Beach Processes, and the Importance of Site Characterization
    Wendy Gerstel LEG, LHG; Qwg Applied Geology
  • Shoreline Armor, Applying the Science
    Scott Steltzner, Squaxin Island Tribe
  • Shoreline Management: Regulatory Processes and Recommendations for Change
    Dave Herrera, Skokomish Tribe

12:30                          Lunch

1:00 – 2:30                Pacific Ocean / Marine

 Moderator: Rob Jones, NWIFC

  • Quinault Ocean Research
    Joe Schumacker, Quinault Indian Nation
  • IPC/NOAA Habitat Framework
    Rob Jones, NWIFC
  • Marine Spatial Planning
    Katie Wrubel, Makah Tribe

3:00 – 5:00                Field Trip: Roosevelt Beach – Seabrook Impacts

                     Quinault Natural Resources Staff and Leadership


May 25

NWIFC Tribal Climate Change Forum Workshop

Salmonids and Climate Change: Understanding Biological Responses and Implementing Tribal Adaptation Actions

For more information on the workshop, please contact Eliza Ghitis at eghitis [at] nwifc [dot] org.