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Field Notes - Winter 2018
Updates from SAWC & our partners in Southeast Alaska's communities:
When : Monday, March 5, 2018 at 2:00 PM AKST -to- Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 5:00 PM AKST

Where : Peratrovich Hall, 320 W Willoughby Ave, Juneau, AK

Who : Resource professionals, tribal organizations, community groups, and anyone interested. 

“What does it really take to scale up watershed restoration in Alaska?” This is a question we bat around at SAWC when out in the field and in the office, and the more we have gotten directly involved in restoration projects, the more complex and challenging this question seems to get! Our 2018 Southeast Alaska Watershed Restoration Workshop is meant to help us all overcome these challenges and to “step up to the plate for collaborative restoration.” 

The event that will bring together community leaders, NGOs and resource managers from across Southeast Alaska to share stories of restoration efforts – successes, techniques, and lessons learned, to network and develop partnerships for collaborative projects, and to provide tools and resources to build the capacity or our region’s land managers to carry out watershed restoration across the Tongass National Forest and its neighboring lands. 

In addition to addressing the central issues that impede watershed and landscape scale restoration, including collaborating with partners, technical bottlenecks, funding, the and latest science, we will be dedicating a full afternoon to an important topic that many of us fish nerds and stream geeks can truly benefit from. Dr. Anne Beaudreau (University of Fairbanks) will be conducting a SCIENCE COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP where participants will learn about approaches and techniques for communicating science to a variety of audiences.

Check out the agenda, workshop goals, travel discounts, and registration below. Join us and please spread the word!  
Restoration in Action: Fish Passage Improvement
USFWS Habitat Restoration Biologist Neil Stichert and SAWC Science Director Rebecca Bellmore replacing a “red pipe” culvert that was impeding fish passage on a privately owned road just north of the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge (Fall of 2017). 
Assessing the resilience of Southeast Alaska salmon to a shifting freshwater environment
SAWC is part of a newly-funded Sea Grant project that will assess the resilience of Southeast Alaska salmon to a shifting freshwater environment.

Along with researchers from the University of Alaska and the Forest Service, we will work with communities in Southeast Alaska to collect water temperature and flow data in streams that are important for traditional and subsistence use. We will develop a new model that integrates the effects of water temperatures and flows on salmon across their freshwater life stages to help us to better understand how salmon might respond to future changes.

To learn more about the project, or if you are interested in participating, contact SAWC Science Director, Rebecca Bellmore rebecca@sawcak.org , or visit the SeaGrant webpage

Moby the Mobile Greenhouse Goes to Yakutat!
Every year, Moby will travel to a new community to kick start local growing efforts. Over the last three years Moby spent growing seasons in Juneau, Kake, and Hoonah. This year four different Southeast communities applied to use Moby for the 2018 growing season. The pool of applicants was very strong, which made for a difficult decision for the panel of judges.
 
This spring, Moby the Mobile Greenhouse will travel to Yakutat. Yakutat City School partnered with Yakutat Tlingit Tribe with the support of the US Forest Service, to work towards their long-term interest in having a permanent greenhouse. The Yakutat Tlingit Tribe (a close partner of the Yakutat School District for many projects) has a goal of developing food sustainability within the community. They have a strong Tlingit Language program in the school that includes language for plants. With this partnership, both the language program and the environmental programs will have strong involvement exploring how Moby can lead to a more permanent structure and become a part of the community.

The application will open again for Southeast Alaska communities in Fall 2018. Click here to learn more about Moby the Mobile Greenhouse and to follow along with Moby in Yakutat.
Salt & Soil Marketplace to reopen in April!
We’re excited to announce that the market will be reopening the first week of April. The Salt & Soil Marketplace is southeast Alaska’s first online farmers market serving Juneau and Haines. The Marketplace serves as a virtual store for consumers to connect with local growers, harvesters, and producers from across the region. 

Learn more about the Salt & Soil Marketplace and sign up to be a vendor at the link below :
Attention vendors!
We will be asking Vendors to list products starting on April 6 th for distribution on April 12 th . If any potential vendors or returning vendors would like to go through training on how to use the marketplace please contact us soon! We look forward to setting you up for success in the coming season.

More information about Salt & Soil Marketplace community meetings, changes to the market, and other details for the upcoming season will be announced soon.

Questions? Contact Colin Peacock at Colin@saltandsoilmarketplace.com or 907-302-3841
Skagway Students Release Salmon Back Into Pullen Creek
Over the past five months Skagway School students have been raising pink salmon from Pullen Creek in the classroom aquarium. In mid-October all of the eggs started developing eyes, then in late November they hatched into alevins. They stayed in this phase getting nutrients from their yolk sacks before hatching into swimming fry in mid-January!

Unlike our coho salmon from last year who hang around in the stream for up to 18 months, pink salmon will head out to the ocean to feed after they hatch into fry.

On January 24 th we braved the cold and had a farewell ceremony for our pink salmon and each student released one into Pullen Creek to continue on its journey to the ocean. Hopefully we’ll see them back in the summer of 2019!

Attn, Juneau Landowners: Let's Work Together to Eliminate Invasive Plants!
Spring is just around the corner, and invasive plant infestations will be rearing their ugly heads once again - threatening native plant communities and fish & wildlife habitat.

SAWC is seeking to partner with Juneau landowners to eradicate knotweed on their properties through a 50:50 cost share program.

If you or someone your know has a knotweed problem, please contact John Hudson, SAWC's Restoration Biologist at 419-4677 or  john@sawcak.org . John is available to meet with individual landowners on their properties to assess knotweed infestations and discus treatment options and costs.

Watershed Assessment & Fish Habitat Improvement Projects Underway in Wrangell
Wrangell Community Watershed Assessment

SAWC's Wrangell Project Coordinator, in partnership with the US Fish & Wildlife Service, will conduct a watershed assessment for the community of Wrangell this spring and summer.

The assessment will quantify current aquatic habitat conditions, identify opportunities for restoration, and inform community development planning for the Wrangell community.
Pat Creek Fish Habitat Improvement

The goal of this project is to improve fish habitat degraded by past timber harvest on the Pat Creek watershed, a valued community resource near Wrangell.

In 2014 SAWC and our partners conducted a habitat assessment on the watershed that indicated a need and opportunity for habitat improvements. After several years of further assessment work, restoration concept development, and engagement with the watershed's primary landowner - the State of Alaska Dept. of Natural Resources - SAWC is now prepared to develop habitat restoration designs, engage more local stakeholders, and seek project funding for implementation. We're excited to help bring this project to life and improve the health of this community valued watershed.

For more information on SAWC's Wrangell based projects, please contact Wrangell Project Coordinator Angie Flickinger at angie@sawcak.org
We've moved!

You can find SAWC's new main office near downtown Juneau, just above Cycle Alaska at 1107 West 8th St #4