Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tyee Tour

Upper inlet breach at Tyee Ranck
Last week I had the opportunity to attend my first board meeting since starting here at Cascadia Conservation District.  It was a good experience to meet some of the board members and others who are involved with the conservation district at a different level then me and the rest of the staff. I found it especially interesting to not only hear about how things are going with some of the projects we are currently involved in but also some proposed projects for future work. Board meetings are open to the public and every meeting allots time to hear public comments. This is not only an opportunity to voice any questions or concerns you have but also an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the  projects we are involved in. The next board meeting will be held on December 13th at 3:30pm at 215 Melody Ln. Wenatchee. 

Northernmost log habit structures at Tyee Ranch
Following the board Meeting I tagged along for a tour of some of the Entiat projects Cascadia Conservation District has been working on.  The tour focused on some of the recently installed Fish Habitat structures that are part of the massive Entiat restoration project. Kurt Hosman, one of Cascadia’s Project Coordinators, led the tour and did a great job explaining the purpose of these structures and also provided valuable insight into the construction and sustainability of these structures. We had discussed some of these structures during the meeting but trudging through the mud to see them with my own eyes provided me with a far better understanding of how they will provide juvenile salmon with a safe place to hide until they get big enough to head downstream.
If you’d like to see some of the Entiat projects yourself, contact Susan Dretke at or (509) 664-9348.

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