8/20/18 Darrington Collaborative Field Tour with Congresswoman Suzan DelBene
The Darrington Collaborative hosted Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA01) on a field tour to their Segelsen pilot project that would provide restoration thinning on a dense plantation stand in order to enhance late successional character and a more complex structure to the stand moving forward. Receipts from the harvest will stay on the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest as part of a stewardship project and be used for aquatic restoration efforts on the Clear Creek road. The collaborative also used this opportunity to discuss projects proposed to the Forest Service for fiscal year 2019 and beyond. Collaborative Members Tim Johnson (Hampton Lumber), Tom Uniack (Washington Wild), Paul Wagner (WA Society of American Foresters), Dan Rankin (Darrington Mayor), Thomas O’Keefe (American Whitewater) and Oak Rankin (Glacier Peak Institute) joined Congresswoman DelBene, who is also a non-voting member of the Darrington Collaborative. Also, present was three Forest Service staff from the Darrington Ranger District, three Hampton Lumber's staff and two WSU Youth Forestry Institute interns.
8/15/18 Darrington Collaborative July 2018 Monthly Update
7/20/18 Darrington Collaborative June 2018 Monthly Update
6/15/18 Darrington Collaborative May 2018 Monthly Update
6/12/18 Darrington Collaborative Holds Public Meeting
On Tuesday 6/12 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Darrington Community Center, the Darrington Collaborative held their first public meeting of 2018. The meeting reviewed the past accomplishments by the Colaborative since July 2015 and laid out the Collaborative's vision and next steps moving forward. The meeting agenda included a number of guest speakers including U.S. Forest Service Darrington District Ranger Peter Forbes, American Forest Resources Council Washington Manager Matt Comisky and Sustainable Northwest's Washington Forest Collaborative Network Cooridnator Jenna Knobloch. Representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, U.S. Representative Susan DelBene as well as State Senator Carolyn Eslick attended the public meeting. You can view the following materials from the meeting:
5/25/18 Darrington Middle School/Tesla STEM High School Exchange Video #2
Check out the video below that chronicles the learning exchange between Redmonds Tesla STEM High School and Darrington Middle School during two separate days earlier this year. On 1/9/18 students from Redmond traveled up to Darrington for the day and on 5/2/18 Darrington students visited Redmond. The video captures the highlights of what both groups learned on both days.This was the sixthh 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.
5/17/18 Darrington Collaborative April 2018 Monthly Update
On 4/2 the Planet Magazine, published by Western Washington University included an article focusing on the healing impact of the Darrington Collaborative on the healing in the wake of the 2014 Oso slide. Read the article.
During April, members of the Collaborative have been working to determine timber volume and road work needs in its next restoration thinning project with the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest along Segelsen Ridge near Darrington.
On 04/05 and 04/06, members of the Darrington Collaborative attended the 2018 Pacific Northwest Forest Collaborative Summit Workshop in Hood River, OR, which was hosted by Sustainable Northwest. The goal of the workshop was to discuss local needs and initiatives with Forest Service regional leadership staff, state DNR staff, academia, and other regional organizations that play a pivotal role in our collaborative work. There were several breakout sessions offered that provided tools, best practices, and opportunities to develop solutions to forest management challenges. The Washington Forest Collaborative Network met at the end of the workshop to discuss Washington Collaborative Summit dates and to further discuss metrics.
On 4/18 a member of the Darrington Collaborative participated in the Washington Collaborative Network monthly meeting. In the meeting we continued a discussion about finalizing metrics that collaborative groups would actively track and discussed details of Washington DNR competitive grants available to WA collaborative groups in 2018.
On 4/18 members of the Darrington Collaborative presented March updates to Darrington Strong.
4/16/18 Darrington Collaborative March 2018 Monthly Update
On 3/11, the Darrington Collaborative provided GIS maps and project descriptions for a proposed second Segelsen CE project to the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest for consideration in FY18. The 70-acre CE will be one of several projects planned in FY18 and FY19
On 3/21 members of the Darrington Collaborative provided and update on future goals and potential projects at the Darrington Strong meeting. Collaborative members presented maps and descriptions for two projects being proposed on the Darrington Ranger District. One project is being proposed for Fiscal Year 18 and the other for Fiscal Year 19. They spoke about the benefits of stewardships sales and the different mechanism available through federal and state agencies to do these projects. Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest staff was in attendance to provide clarification on Darrington Strong member's questions pertaining to stewardship sales.
On 3/21 a member of the Collaborative participated in the Washington Collaborative Network monthly meeting. Anticipation of the 4/5 Pacific Northwest Collaborative Summit in Hood River, progress on the Network's new website and a discussion on what metrics to use in evaluating Collaborative work were all discussed.
On 3/27 members of the Darrington Collaborative took a tour of Hampton Mill and met Hampton Lumber's new statewide Collaborative Liaison Anjolene Price.
On 3/28 a compromise federal funding bill for FY2018 was passed by Congress and signed by the President. Of significance a new provision will separate wildfire response from the Forest Service operating budget, ending the necessity to use funds from other agency priorities like roa maintenance restoration and vegetation management during wildfire season. This will provide more certainty for Forest Service capacity for community endeavors like the Collaborative. A number of Collaborative members worked to advocate for key elements of the compromise.
4/2/18 Planet Magazine Article Highlights Darrington Collaborative
Four years after the deadliest landslide in U.S. history, Darrington, Washington, is a community on the mend.
3/16/18 Darrington Collaborative February 2018 Monthly Update
The Darrington Collaborative unanimously voted to approve Tim Johnson, Darrington Mill Manager, Hampton Lumber Company as a Board of Director. Tim will serve on the Board as a local/industry representative and fills the vacancy created by Bob Boyd’s departure after 3 years of service.
3/5/18 Darrington Middle School/Tesla STEM High School Exchange Video
Students from the 1/9/18 exchange between Darrington Middle School and Tesla STEM High School in Redmond created the following video of their work to analyze water quality from 12 rivers and streams and learn how to write code on micro computers. 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.
2/16/18 Darrington Collaborative January 2018 Monthly Update
1/10/18 Darrington Collaborative December 2017 Monthly Update
12/13/18 Darrington Collaborative November 2017 Monthly Update
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 the 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.
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
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/