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Collaborative Updates

2/16/18 Darrington Collaborative January 2018 Monthly Update 

  • On 1/9/18 more than 35 students and teachers from Tesla STEM High School in Redmond spent a day with students from the Darrington Middle School participating in STEM related activities (i.e., analyze water quality from 12 rivers and streams and learn how to write code on micro computers) in Darrington. This was the fifth such exchange organized and supported by Mike Town from Tesla STEM High School and Oak Rankin from Glacier Peak Institute who are both members of the Darrington Collaborative. This Spring Darrington Middle School students plan to visit Tesla in Redmond.
  • In January , a member of the Collaborative met with Kirk Pearson, USDA State Director of Washington for Rural Development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • In January, a member of the Collaborative met with Jamie Kingsbury, Forest Supervisor for Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest.



1/10/18 Darrington Collaborative December 2017 Monthly Update 

  • On 12/13/17 the Darrington Collaborative formally elected the following individuals to the Board of Directors for a two-year term ending in 12/31/19 by a unanimous vote:
    • Dan Rankin, Darrington Mayor
    • Paul Wagner, Washington State Society of American Foresters
    • Steve Skaglund, Three Rivers Contract Logging
    • Bob Boyd, Retired logger and Darrington Area Resources Advocates
    • Tom Uniack, Washington Wild
    • Ben Greuel, The Wilderness Society
    • Thomas O’Keefe, Ph.D., American Whitewater
    • Jon Owen, The Pew Charitable Trusts
    • Oak Rankin, Glacier Peak Institute
    • Mike Town, Tesla STEM High School
  • On 12/13/17 the Darrington Collaborative formally revised its governance document (including technical changes) by a unanimous vote
  • On 12/20/17 a member of the Darrington Collaborative participated in the monthly Washington Collaboratives conference call hosted by Sustainable Northwest  



12/13/18 Darrington Collaborative November 2017 Monthly Update 

  • The Darrington Board had the following conference calls and meetings:
  • On 11/15/17 a member of the Darrington Collaborative participated in the monthly Washington Collaboratives conference call hosted by Sustainable Northwest 
  • On 11/16/17 members of the Darrington Collaborative presented (by invitation) to the Tulalip Tribe – Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest Government to Government meeting 


10/7/17 Darrington Collaborative's Segelsen Pilot Project Sold to Hampton Lumber


The Darrington Collaborative is pleased to announce the sale of our Segelsen stewardship pilot project 26 months after our conception. We would like to thank the MBS NF for their support and staff time in making this project happen on top of their existing workload.

Hampton Lumber secured the winning bid for the Segelsen stewardship sale, which was the first timber sale emerging from the Darrington Collaborative. Hampton offered a strong bid well over the minimum acceptable offer at $358,000, or $29.14 per ton.


The Segelsen restoration thinning sale is 69 acres with a total cruised volume of 12,293 tons, approximately 1,530 mmbf (million bf). This amounts to 22 mbf per acre, roughly 1/3rd of the total stand volume. Logs removed will be approximately 25% Douglas Fir and 75% Western Hemlock & Silver Fir.

In addition to providing restoration thinning to a previously harvested stand that will result in expediting late successional characteristics, the retained receipts from 
thinning will stay on the Forest. As a stewardship sale, receipts will be used toward identified aquatic restoration work associated with the Clear Creek Road.

The Collaborative is also anticipating local economic benefits to the community of Darrington where Hampton owns an operating mill. Through a partnership with the Glacier Peak Institute, the Darrington Collaborative plans to implement post-harvest monitoring with local Darrington middle school and high school students providing STEM-related learning opportunities on the Segelsen site.

Stay tuned for future updates on this and other projects from the Darrington Collaborative. 

9/5/17 Public Meeting Highlights Segelsen Progress and Discusses future projects


A group of about 30 local residents, timber interests, U.S. Forest Service, conservationists and representatives from Senator Maria Cantwell and Representative Suzan DelBene’s offices attended a public meeting of the Darrington Collaborative on Tuesday night from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm


The agenda discussed the current Segelsen forest restoration contract that is currently out for bid and a discussion about upcoming projects that the Collaborative plans to be involved with.  These include a stewardship contract as part of the upcoming South Fork Stillaguamish Thinning Project and a larger restoration thinning project in the Segelsen area.


Representatives from the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest were on hand to answer specific questions about bidding on the Segelsen stewardship contract.



8/27/17 Darrington Collaborative Public Meeting Scheduled for Tues September 5, 2017 at 6:30 pm


Please join us for the upcoming public meeting by the Darrington Collaborative.


WHEN: Tuesday September 5, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

WHERE: Darrington Community Center

WHAT:  Public meeting hosted by the Darrington Collaborative to update the public on current progress and future projects and solicit feedback from local stakeholders


We are excited to share the progress on the Segelsen thin, the first project associated with the Darrington Collaborative which is currently out for bid.  


8/4/17 Forest Service Seeks Bids for Segelsen Stewardship Thin Contract 

The Forest Service will receive technical and price proposals (no public opening) at Darrington Ranger District, 1405 Emens Ave N. Darrington, WA 98241 no later than 10:00 AM local time on or before September 18, 2017, for the Segelsen Stewardship Thin Contract. 
The Segelsen thin is the first project associated with the Darrington Collaborative. This vegetation project with an aquatic component of road drainage restoration is proposed by the Darrington Collaborative in second-growth stands within the N.F. Stillaguamish River drainage. The project would entail a 70-acre restoration thinning, and a stewardship component of drainage restoration both in the Segelsen area and in the Clear Creek drainage with an upgrade of road culverts, ditch and surface conditions. 
Interested local contractors can view the contract details at https://www.fs.usda.gov/resourcedetail/mbs/landmanagement/?cid=FSEPRD553499

4/27/17 Everett Herald Editorial Mentions Darrington Collaborative


“EDITORIAL: Darrington, Arlington still winners in many ways”


“It might sound like a rationalization, but Arlington, Darrington and the Stillaguamish River Valley that connects them didn’t have to come out on top at Wednesday’s announcement of America’s Best Communities competition to be winners.”


Read the full editorial: http://www.heraldnet.com/opinion/editorial-darrington-arlington-still-winners-in-many-ways/




02/28/17 - Forest Service Greenlights Darrington Collaborative Segelsen Pilot Project 


"Peter Forbes, Darrington District Ranger for the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest signed a decision memo which completes the required analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act for the stewardship project of restoration thinning with drainage enhancements in both the Segelsen Creek area and Clear Creek road system as part of the stewardship contracting. “


The project, developed by the Darrington Collaborative in conjunction with the Forest Service, was part of a scoping notice in March of 2016. The Darrington Collaborative had several meetings with Forest Service staff to layout the sale and identify the aquatic restoration on Clear Creek. The group also held two field tours for local stakeholders, several public meetings and a contracting workshop in Darrington. “


“The focus now is on completing a stewardship business plan for the project and developing a draft bid for the sale. “


“Read the decision notice at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49026




9/4/16 Everett Herald highlights Darrington Collaborative as Stilly Valley Future Developments


“Stilly Valley’s communities taking charge of their future”


“ARLINGTON — Leaders, business owners, neighbors and volunteers in the Stillaguamish Valley are pushing toward goals outlined in a plan for strengthening the economy after the 2014 Oso mudslide.”


Read the full article: https://www.heraldnet.com/news/stilly-valleys-communities-taking-charge-of-their-future/




4/8/16 Governor Jay Inslee announces new grant for Darrington Collaborative stewardship projects


“Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday toured the site of a proposed aquatic restoration stewardship project with leaders from conservation organizations, the local timber industry and the Darrington community who are members of the newly formed Darrington Collaborative. He announced a $20,000 grant from the state Department of Commerce to support the group’s work restoring critical habitat, improving water quality and creating local jobs.”


 “The Darrington Collaborative grew from the trust created by the conservation community and Darrington in the aftermath of the tragic state Route 530 landslide two years ago. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray initiated a dialogue between the community and conservation organizations with the support and encouragement of Inslee and U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene. “


“The group aims to bring together a variety of interests, including those of the local timber industry and conservation community, to increase ecologically sustainable timber harvests near Darrington and create jobs while improving the health of forests and watersheds.”


Read Gov. Inslee’s press release: http://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-new-grant-darrington-collaborative-stewardship-projects 

3/20/16 - Forest Service Releases Notice of Intent for Darrington Collaborative Pilot Project

The Forest Service has released a Notice of Intent on a handful of projects including the Darrington Collaborative's Segelsen Thin and Clear Creek Aquatic Restoration project (see below). The Forest Service is asking for scoping comments by April 20, 2016.
Thank you to all of those who gave comments as we developed this project. Based on those comments, the limited stewardship funds associated with this project will be focused on aquatic restoration work on the Clear Creek road system before the junction with RD 2065 on the Clear Creek Road (#2060) and before the Eight Mile Trailhead on the Copper Creek Road (#2065).
Vegetation Management Project:

2. Segelsen Collaborative Vegetation and Aquatic Restoration Project - This vegetation project with an aquatic component of road drainage restoration is proposed by the Darrington Collaborative Grouphttp://www.darringtoncollaborative.org/  in second-growth stands within the N.F. Stillaguamish River drainage. The project would entail a 70-acre restoration thinning, and a stewardship component of drainage restoration both in the Segelsen area and in the Clear Creek drainage with an upgrade of road culverts, ditch and surface conditions. This project is located in: T33N, R09E, Sections 28 & 29 (Segelsen Thin) and T32N, R10E, Section 31, T31N, R10E, Section 6 & 7, T31N, R09E, Sections 12, 13, 23, 24, 27 (Clear Creek Road 2060). http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49026   

12/10/15 - Proposed Location for Pilot Restoration Thinning and Aquatic Stewardship Projects

The public and local stakeholders are invited to review and give feedback about a pilot project including a 70-acre restoration thinning project and an aquatic restoration stewardship project being considered by the Darrington Collaborative. An overall map of both project areas can be viewed here.
Potential Restoration Thinning Project - Segelsen Unit
Located in the Segelsen area north of the town of Darrington on the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, the unit is a dense, structurally simple forest comprised of western hemlock, Douglas-fir, and silver fir. The stand originated from clear-cutting, planting, and natural regeneration approximately 55 years ago. The project proposes using variable density thinning to accelerate the development of old-forest characteristics and functions, including large trees with complex crowns, a multistory canopy, dead wood and decadence, a diverse plant community, and a patchy, variable structure while providing revenue for aquatic restoration projects. For more information on the Segelsen unit click here.
Potential Aquatic Restoration Project- Clear Creek Road
Forest Service roads 2060 & 2065 have developed large potholes, erosion and scour channels. Road ditches have filled in many places, lost capacity and now allow water to flow over the road and erode the surfacing.  The general goal is to bring this National Forest Road up to the standards.  The overall goal is to minimize potential road system impacts on Clear Creek and restore natural water flows. Clear Creek Road accesses several popular rock climbing areas (Witch Doctor Wall, Exfoliation Dome, Green Giant Buttress and practice routes), 3 different hiking destinations (Squire Creek Pass, Deer Creek Pass & Copper Creek trail), fishing access to Clear Creek, general exploring/scenic view driving and hunting/gathering/dispersed camping).  It is also popular for winter Nordic skiing & snowshoeing. The Clear Creek Road begins at the Mountain Loop Highway approximately 5 miles southeast of the Town of Darrington.  For more information on the Clear Creek Road stewardship project click here.
How to Give Feedback
We want to hear your feedback on the two draft projects before they are submitted to the Forest Service for NEPA review. You can give comments in two ways:
  • Send your thoughts on the information provided in this email to the Darrington Collaborative at info@darringtoncollaborative.org before Friday, January 15, 2016
  • Attend the Darrington Collaborative's second public meeting on this subject:
Monday, December 14 
th at 6:00 pm
Darrington Community Center
570 Sauk Ave, Darrington, WA 98241
The Darrington Collaborative (DC) brings together stakeholders from the community of Darrington, WA,  the conservation community, members of the local Darrington timber industry, Darrington STEM youth education programs and representatives from federal, state and local government around shared goals of increasing ecologically sustainable timber harvest under the Northwest Forest Plan on the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in the Darrington vicinity while improving the ecological functioning of our forests and watersheds. Ultimately, the purpose is to show we can simultaneously create a more ecologically resilient forest, provide for increased, sustainable timber harvests on the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest near Darrington, and provide economic benefits to the community of Darrington and educational opportunities for Darrington's youth through the STEM program

8/6/15 Darrington Collaborative holds first public meeting ​


7/10/15 Everett Herald Chronicles Establishment of Darrington Collaborative


Everett Herald: “Logging partnership formed for Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest”


DARRINGTON — A new partnership between loggers, conservationists, lawmakers and educators is aimed at creating more sustainable timber harvests in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Read the full article: http://www.heraldnet.com/news/logging-partnership-formed-for-mount-baker-snoqualmie-national-forest/  

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