8/18/2021 N. Fork Stilly Field Tour with Congresswoman DelBene
On Tuesday August 17th, the Darrington Collaborative toured the North Fork Stillaguamish Watershed with Congresswoman DelBene, discussing opportunities for
watershed restoration on the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest. We first stopped at a recently upgraded aquatic organism passage on Forest Service Road 28 where we discussed road and water
interactions and the need for removing fish passage barriers, while improving water quality. Next we visited the North Mountain Lookout where we discussed the value of diverse forest structural
stages to biodiversity and development of niche habitats. Finally, we discussed contracting and Forest Service capacity issues while visiting the Clear Creek Road, a previous collaborative
Stewardship Sale restoration project area.
7/7/2021 Darrington Collaborative June Monthly Update
6/10/2021 Darrington Collaborative May Monthly Update
5/6 Members of the Darrington Collaborative met with the Darrington District Ranger and MBS staff to hear updates on Nooksack and N. Fork
- 5/18 Members of the Darrington Collaborative spoke with the Darington District Ranger about N. Fork Stilly and summer field work opportunities.
- 5/20 Members of the Darrington Collaborative listened to a presentation by Resilient Forestry on Variable Retention Harvest.
5/27 Members of the Darrington Collaborative met with members of the MBS to discuss creating a case study that showcases Segelsen 1 and 2.
5/3/2021 Darrington Collaborative April Monthly Update
4/8 PEW published an interview that spotlighted the Darrington Collaborative to their blog.
- 4/15 Members of the Darrington Collaborative met with MBS Forest Watershed and Fisheries program manager to discuss stream assessments for N. Fork Stilly.
- 4/23 The Darrington Collaborative submitted an application for a DNR Building Forest Partnerships grant.
4/28 Members of the Darrington Collaborative spoke with DNR staff about grant opportunities for collaborative capacity
4/30 Members of the Darrington Collaborative participated in the PNW Forest Collaboratives Workshop Enhancing Tribal
4/16/2021 Rep. Suzan DelBene retweets PEW blog post
4/15/2021 “We All Want Healthy Forests and Salmon Runs; We All Want Clean Water”
PEW recently published a blog post, “We All Want Healthy Forests and Salmon Runs; We All Want Clean Water”, of an interiew with Darrington Collaborative
Co-chair, Dan Rakin. The interiew highlights the history of the Collaborative and the work we are doing to advance ecological and economic resilience, and STEM education. Read the blog here.
4/1/2021 Darrington Collaborative March Monthly Updates
- 3/2 The Darrington Collaborative and MBS Leadership convened for the quarterly meeting and discussed next steps for N. Fork Stilly.
- 3/5 Met with the members of the MBS to hear a presentation on fire history and a framework for identifying restoration activities.
- 3/16 Members of the Darrington Collaborative attended the Washington Forest Collaboratives Network monthly conference call.
- 3/23 Members of the Darrington Collaborative, contractors, DNR and MBS staff met to discuss lessons learned from Segelsen 2.
3/2/2021 Darrington Collaborative February Monthly Updates
- 2/4 Members of the Darrington Collaborative met with the MBS Forest Supervisor and MBS staff to discuss retained receipts on the forest.
- 2/12 The Darrington Collaborative published their N. Fork Stilly virtual field tour StoryMap.
- 2/18 Members of the Darrington Collaborative met with the Darrington District Ranger to hear updates on the Nooksack project.
- 2/18 Members of the Darrington Collaborative met with MBS staff, WDFW staff, and Roots Forestry to discuss road conditions in the N. Fork Stilly.
2/12/2021 Darrington Collaborative Publishes N. Fork Stilly Virtual Field Tour
On September 1, 2020, the Darrington Collaborative hosted a small, in-person, socially distanced field tour of NF Stilly. Since COVID-19 limited participation, we
combined the videos, photographs, and notes from that event to create this StoryMap for virtual participation.
2/1/2021 Darrington Collaborative January Monthly Updates
1/2/2021 Darrington Collaborative December Monthly Updates
- 12/3 Members of the Darrington Collaborative met with the Darrington District Ranger and MBS staff to hear an update on the Nooksack project.
- 12/10 Members of the Darrington Collaborative met with Darrington District Ranger and MBS staff to discuss N. Fork planning for the N. Fork
- 12/17 The Darrington Collaborative and MBS leadership convened for the quarterly meeting and discussed next steps for North Fork Stilly.
- 12/18 Members of the Darrington Collaborative met with DNR staff to hear updates on potential funding opportunities for collaborative projects.
12/30/2020 Darrington Collaborative Thanks Dave Kendrick for his Service!
The Darrington Collaborative would like to express our gratitude for Dave Kendrick and his support for the collaborative over the past five years. We wish him all
the best in his retirement!
12/20/2020 Darrington Collaborative Reiterates Support for S. Fork Stillaguamish Vegetation Management Project
The Darrington Collaborative sent a letter reiterating support for the SF Stillaguamish vegetation management project to Jody Weil, MBS Forest Supervisor. Read the
letter attached below.
12/1/2020 Darrington Collaborative November Monthly Update
11/1/2020 Darrington Collaborative October Monthly Update
10/1/2020 Darrington Collaborative September Monthly Update
9/1/2020 Darrington Collaborative Hosts Field Tour of NF Stilly
The Darrington Collaborative hosted a field tour of the North Fork Stillaguamish project area on September 1. The field trip was a small, in-person event that
consisted of five stops where members of the MBS, the Forest Supervisor, and the Darrington discussed potential desired outcomes and project opportunties.
9/1/2020 Darrington Collaborative August Monthly Update
8/1/2020 Darrington Collaborative July Monthly Update
- 7/1 The Collaborative met with new Resilient Forestry owners, Miles LeFevre and Sean Jeronimo.
- 7/2 Members of the Collaborative submitted a letter of support for the stated purposes of the Nooksack vegetation management
- 7/9 Members of the Collaborative met with the Darrington District Ranger and MBS Staff to discuss
project updates for N. Fork Stilly.
- 7/9 Members of the Collaborative participated in the “Collaborative
Administrative and Judicial Review Opportunities” webinar, part of the PNW Forest Collaboratives Workshop 2020 series.
- 7/15 The Collaborative hosted a
Virtual Public Meeting that included a showing of our video; an introduction to the new Darrington District Ranger, Greta Smith; an overview of recent accomplishments; and a question and answer
session with Collaborative members.
- 7/17 Members of the Darrington Collaborative participated in a webinar on “Historic Range of Variability: Used and Various Approaches”, part of the PNW Forest Collaboratives
Workshop 2020 series.
- 7/21 Members of the Darrington Collaborative participated in the Washington Forest Collaboratives Network and received an update from DNR staff on
the budget for forest health.
- 7/30 Members of the Darrington Collaborative met with Mt. Baker District Ranger to hear updates on the
7/16/2020 Darrington Collaborative Virtual Public Meeting: Recording
The Collaborative hosted a virtual public meeting on Zoom on July 15. Watch the recording below.
7/15/2020 Darrington Collaborative Virtual Public Meeting
The Collaborative is excited to announce that we will be hosting a virtual public update Wednesday, July 15, from 6 - 7:30pm. The update will include:
- An overview of the Collaborative and a viewing of the Collaborative video
- An introduction of the new Darrington District Ranger, Greta Smith
- Collaborative accomplishments: Segelsen 1, Segelsen 2, and Clear Creek
- Updates on the N. Fork Stillaguamish landscape
- Q&A with Collaborative members, contractors, and agency partners
7/2/2020 Darrington Collaborative Submits Letter for Nooksack Project
Members of the Collaborative submitted a letter regarding the Nooksack vegetation management project to the Mt. Baker District Ranger. The letter supports the
stated purposes of the project which include: enhancing wildlife habitat, restoration thinning, maintaining access to the national forest and supporting local economies through sustainable timber
harvest. The letter asks the FS to clarify in the draft EA which stands would be treated with regeneration harvest and which would be treated with restoration thinning.
7/1/2020 Darrington Collaborative Welcomes New Resilient Forestry Ownership!
The Darrington Collaborative welcomes Miles LeFevre and Sean Jeronimo as the new owners of Resilient Forestry! Resilient Forestry provides the Darrington
Collaborative with critical on-the-ground expertise to guide our restoration efforts. We look forward to working with Miles and Sean!
The Collaborative greatly appreciates the support and expertise of Paul Fischer over the past two years in his role as owner of Resilient Forestry. Paul will
continue to support the Collaborative as he moves into his new role as Senior Forester for King County, and we extend our warmest wishes and congratulations to him!
Meet Miles & Sean
Miles LeFevre has a wide range of expertise in forest restoration and management. His work experience includes summers as a wildland firefighter, field mapping
old-growth forests, and using remotely-sensed datasets to model landscape-scale forest management scenarios. Miles earned both undergraduate and Master’s degrees in forest ecology from the University
Sean Jeronimo has experience in forest management, operations, research, and analysis from up and down the West Coast, and National Forest collaborative experience in eastern Washington and
northern Arizona. He specializes in forest restoration and landscape analysis. Sean earned his PhD in forest ecology from the University of Washington.
6/26/2020 Darrington Collaborative June 2020 Monthly Update
6/11 Members of the Collaborative met with Mt. Baker District Ranger of the MBS-NF to discuss the N. Fork Nooksack project.
6/11 The Collaborative Coordinator participated in a Washington Forest Collaboratives Network networking Zoom call with coordinators of each of the WA forest collaboratives.
6/26 The Collaborative met with MBS leadership to discuss N. Fork Stilly and other project updates, meet the new Forest Supervisor, and discuss a Letter of Agreement.
6/5/2020 Darrington Collaborative May 2020 Monthly Update
- Sally Bernstein began as Coordinator for the Collaborative.
- Jody Weil began as the new Forest Supervisor for the MBS.
- Members of the Collaborative supported Glacier Peak Institute with their virtual annual fundraiser.
- Collaborative worked with WA DNR to finalize contract negotiations for the All Lands grant.
- A member of the Collaborative participated in Sustainable Northwest’s NEPA 101 webinar, part of the Forest Collaboratives Workshop Webinar Series, on May
5/27/2020 Darrington Collaborative Welcomes New MBS Forest Supervisor, Jody Weil
The Darrington Collaborative welcomes Jody Weil as the new Forest Supervisor for the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest. We look forward to working with Jody to
identify and implement forest restoration and aquatic restoration projects on the Forest over the coming years. Jody Weil previously served as the Deputy State Director for Resources and Planning for
BLM’s Arizona State Office in Phoenix. Jody has extensive experience communicating and managing natural resource issues, having served in various positions with the BLM for 30 years, including
the acting Director of the Oregon-Washington State.
5/15/2020 Darrington Collaborative Thanks Jamie Kingsbury for her Service
The Darrington Collaborative would like to express our gratitude for Jamie Kingsbury for being our partner and supporter as Forest Supervisor these past five years.
Under her tenure, we were able to complete Segelsen 1 and 2, and her support for the Collaborative and our work on S. Fork Stilly is much appreciated. Her support was critical for obtaining two large
grants for our work on the ground that together totalled over $300k. We wish her all the best in her retirement.
5/5/2020 Darrington Collaborative Welcomes New Darrington District Ranger, Greta Smith
The Darrington Collaborative welcomes Greta Smith as the new Darrington District Ranger. Greta previously worked on the Rogue River National Forest in Oregon. She
recently bought property in Darrington with her husband, Eric. We look forward to working with Greta, and having her and Eric join the Darrington community!
5/2/2020 Darrington Collaborative Hires New Coordinator, Sally Bernstein
The Collaborative is excited to announce Sally Bernstein as their new Coordinator! As Coordinator, Sally spearheads outreach and engagement with internal and
external partners, leads on administrative tasks, and supports the collaborative in navigating strategic planning and governance. Sally is part of the forest program team at Sustainable Northwest,
and has provided support and shared learning opportunities for forest collaboratives in the PNW for the past five years. She is excited to join the Darrington Collaborative and engage on projects in
the MBS that support ecology, STEM education, and the local Darrington economy.
5/1/2020 Darrington Collaborative April 2020 Monthly Update
- With stay-at-home orders in place, the Darrington Collaborative members continued to work together and engage with partners remotely via conference call and Zoom.
- Members of the Darrington Collaborative connected with the Washington Forest Collaboratives Network to receive example letters of agreement for other WA collaboratives.
- Members of the Darrington Collaborative met with Forest Service staff to discuss a draft letter of agreement.
- Members of the Darrington Collaborative met with Forest Service engineering staff to identify the status of aquatic restoration projects completed as part of the Clear Creek stewardship
3/19/2020 Darrington Collaborative Hiring Coordinator Position
The Darrington Collaborative is looking for a passionate and skilled individual to work with members of the Darrington Collaborative to help support and coordinate their work to support
restoration forestry and aquatic restoration projects on the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest located in the North Cascades landscape. Click here to read job announcement https://wawild.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Darrington-Collaborative-Coordinator-Job-description-031120.pdf
1/24/20 Darrington Collaborative Receives $250,000 of funding from WA Department of Natural
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has awarded nine organizations across Washington state with a combined $1.6 million in grant funding to help make forests in their
communities healthier and more resilient, including to wildfires. The Darrington Collaborative received a Building Forest Partnerships Grant for $40,000 to hire a part time coordinator to
support forest restoration work on the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest. The Collaborative also received an All Lands Forest Restoration Grant for $211,000 to support restoration forestry work,
including thinning of overly dense forests, doing stand exams, road inventories and pre-sale work associated with future sales on the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest.
12/5/19 Darrington Collaborative Finalizes New Video
In December, the Darrington Collaborative finalized a video highlighting its goals and accomplishments that can be shared at events and on the internet. The video was produced by local Darrington
native Skye Schillhammer. The video features interviews with members of the Darrington Collaborative representing conservation, timber and STEM education perspectives.
*The video was funded by a grant from the WA
Department of Natural Resources.*
10/1/19 Darrington Collaborative September 2019 Monthly Update
- On 9/25, the Darrington Collaborative’s Segelson 2.0 sale was put out for bid and sold to Sierra Pacific This was the second sale to be sold as a focus of the Collaborative.
- On 9/16 The Darrington Collaborative hosted a field tour with Darrington Collaborative members, congressional staff and representatives from WA DNR, the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe and the Forest
9/25/19 Darrington Collaborative’s Segelson 2.0 Project Sold
In September, the Darrington Collaborative’s second project (Segelsen 2.0) was offered and sold to Sierra Pacific Industries at $186.85 per mbf. The Segelsen 2.0 sale is a restoration thinning
sale included 69 acres of previously harvested 60-year-old stands located north of the town of Darrington. An aquatic restoration project was included as a required sale item to address a washout at
Segelsen Creek (which flows to North Fork Stillaguamish River) where it intersects the Forest Service RD #1870-011. Of note, the contracting for this sale was done in conjunction with the Washington
Department of Natural Resources under Good Neighbor Authority.
9/15/19 Darrington Collaborative Announces New Logo
After holding a contest involving local
artists, professionals and STEM education students, The Darrington Collaborative announced a new finalized logo. The winning design came from a Darrington Middle School student. She worked with
Alpine Fox, a local graphic design company, who served as a mentor in taking the initial drawing and transforming it into a professional logo. The winner of the logo contest won $200 in local gift
certificates to Darrington area businesses. We could not be more thrilled with the result.
*The video was funded by a grant from the WA Department of Natural Resources*
7/1/19 Darrington Collaborative June 2019 Monthly Update
- On 6/12 the Darrington Collaborative met with leadership from the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest to check in on current progress on projects and discuss future opportunities.
On 6/18 The Darrington Collaborative hosted a field tour of our Segelsen 1 location with members of the Darrington Collaborative and local stakeholders
4/1/19 Darrington Collaborative March 2019 Monthly
- On 3/1 the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest issued a formal scoping notice for the Segelsen 2.0 project, the second project that the Darrington Collaborative has worked on with the
Forest. A 30-day comment period ends April 1.
- On 3/6 members of the Darrington Collaborative signed a letter supporting state funding for restoration forestry by Washington State collaboratives addressed to state legislators.
- On 3/13 members of the Darrington Collaborative provided an update to the monthly Darrington Strong meeting
- On 3/14 members of the Darrington Collaborative hosted a meeting with staff from the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest and foresters from Hampton Lumber to discuss lessons learned from the
Collaborative’s first pilot project on Segelsen Ridge. The goal of the meeting was to have a frank conversation about what went well and what could be improved with respect to future projects on the
- On 3/29 members of the Darrington Collaborative met with leadership from the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest to check in on current progress on projects and discuss future
- In March, Resilient Forestry provided all information digitally (shapefiles, pdf maps, stand exam data, etc.) digitally to the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest and the Darrington
Collaborative for the Helena Ridge project site.
- In March, Resilient Forestry provided all information digitally (shapefiles, pdf maps, stand exam data, etc.) digitally to the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest and the Darrington
Collaborative for the Segelsen 2.0 project site.
3/1/19 Darrington Collaborative February 2019 Monthly
- On 2/7 members of the Darrington Collaborative attended the Snohomish County Tourism Alliance kickoff Meeting in Monroe
- On 2/21 members of the Darrington Collaborative participated in a Washington Forest Collaborative Network call with Region 6 Forester Glen Casamassa
2/1/19 Darrington Collaborative January 2019 Monthly
- On 1/16 members of the Darrington Collaborative participated in the Washington Forest Collaborative Network monthly call which featured a presentation on new fire research and modeling the
impacts of wildfire.
1/1/19 Darrington Collaborative December 2018 Monthly
- On 12/5, the Darrington Collaborative submitted a grant for $25,000 to the National Forest Foundation to fund a locally based part-time coordinator to assist with meetings, public relations,
communications and overall coordination.
12/1/18 Darrington Collaborative November 2018 Monthly
- On 11/6 members of the Darrington Collaborative met with leadership from the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest to review the status of current projects and discuss future opportunities for
- On 11/20. Members of the Darrington Collaborative met with the new Regional Forester for Region 6 of the U.S. Forest Service Glenn Casamassa in Portland, OR to
introduce the Collaborative and its progress.
- On 11/21 members of the Collaborative gave an update at the Darrington Strong meeting in Darrington
- On 11/29 the Darrington Collaborative contractor met with MBS to review preliminary prescriptions for Segelsen 2.0 project
11/1/18 Darrington Collaborative October 2018 Monthly
- On 10/3 members of the Darrington Collaborative participated in a field tour with WA Department of Natural Resources of the Bandera Thin project in the Snoqualmie Ranger District. This
project is the first Good Neighbor Authority project on the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest.
- On 10/16 members of the Darrington Collaborative hosted a field tour of the Segelsen 2.0 project. The tour was attended by representatives from the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, Trout
Unlimited, Sauk-Suiattle Tribe and Washington Department of Natural Resources.
- In October, Darrington Collaborative’s contractor, Resilient Forestry completed initial work on the Helena Ridge project including stand exams, putting in 15 plots to collect data, flag in the
boundary and an initial road assessment.
- In October, Resilient Forestry identified and flagged in stand boundary and temp road layout in the Segelsen 2.0 project area.
10/1/18 Darrington Collaborative September 2018
- On 9/25, members of the Darrington Collaborative attended the quarterly dinner meeting of the North Cascade Hoo-Hoo Club. Darrington Collaborative Co-Chair Dan Rankin was highlighted as the guest
- On 9/14 the Darrington Collaborative received confirmation that their $100,000 request for funding from the Washington Department of Natural Resources’ cross boundary competitive grant program
was awarded. Hampton Mill, a Collaborative member, provided an additional $25,000 matching funds in support of the grant (for a total of $125,000).The Collaborative and DNR are currently developing a
scope of work for activities funded in the grant.
- The objective of the Grant is to further advance forest collaboratives ongoing efforts in Washington State to implement landscape-scale forest restoration and management activities in support of
statewide forest health priorities by providing financial support to conduct such activities.
9/1/18 Darrington Collaborative August 2018 Monthly
- On 8/1, the Darrington Collaborative
received a $25,000 grant from the WA Department of Natural Resources to help with capacity and coordination, develop an organizational logo and provide funding for technical analysis and
implementation of a future restoration thinning sale in FY20.
- On 8/15, a member of the Collaborative
participated in the monthly Washington Collaborative Network call discussing aquatic and road resources.
- On 8/15, members of the
Darrington Collaborative presented updates to Darrington Strong at their regular meeting.
- On 8/20, the Darrington Collaborative,
joined by Suzan DelBene and staff, US Forest Service Darrington Ranger District staff, and Hampton Lumber staff, had a field tour of the Segelsen pilot project.
- On 8/31, the Darrington Collaborative submitted a grant application as part of the Washington Department of Natural Resources’ cross boundary
competitive grant program for forest collaboratives. The grant requested funding for forest restoration and stewardship work projects as well as the development of a monitoring program.
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
- On 7/12, members of the Darrington Collaborative participated in a field tour organized by the Pinchot Partners collaborative at Kraus Ridge near
Randle, WA on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
- On 7/18, the Darrington Collaborative submitted a $25,000 grant to the WA Department of Natural Resources to help with capacity and coordination,
develop an organizational logo and provide funding for technical analysis and implementation of a future restoration thinning sale in FY19.
- On 7/18, a member of the Collaborative participated in the monthly Washington Collaborative Network call discussing how different collaboratives are
incorporating recreation planning and projects into their work.
- On 7/18, members of the Darrington Collaborative presented April updates to Darrington Strong at their regular meeting.
7/20/18 Darrington Collaborative June 2018 Monthly Update
- On 6/6 members of the Collaborative attended a reception in Bellevue with members of the Forest Service Region 6 Forest Leadership Team.
- On 6/7 Collaborative members were invited to make a presentation to the U.S Forest Service Region 6 Forest Leadership Team during a field tour on the Middle Fork Snoqualmie region of the Mt.
Baker Snoqualmie National Forest. This was an opportunity to highlight the successes of the collaborative since its origin, future projects and goals for the Darrington Collaborative and to
encourage Forest Service leadership to continue supporting collaborative efforts on the Forest and in Washington State
- On 6/8 the Collaborative’s contractor (Stewardship Forestry) and staff from Hampton Mill completed the inventory and layout work for Segelsen 2.0 project.
- On 6/12 the Darrington Collaborative held the first public meeting of 2018. The meeting mainly focused on the proposed forest restoration projects to Forest Service. Also discussed were the
details of Good Neighbor Authority and the potential uses on the Darrington Ranger District. In attendance were Darrington community members, representatives from the offices of U.S Representative
Suzan DelBene and U.S Senator Maria Cantwell, State Senator Carolyn Eslick and our panelist – Peter Forbes, U.S Forest Service Darrington Ranger; Matt Comisky, American Forest Resources Council
Washington Manager; Jenna Knobloch, Sustainable Northwest’s Washington Forest Collaborative Network Coordinator. All the public meeting documents and handouts are available on our website.
- On 6/20 collaborative members participated in the monthly Washington Collaborative Network call. This was an opportunity for a Q&A with Washington Department of Nature Resource staff to ask
clarifying questions related to the grant application.
- On 6/20 members of the Darrington Collaborative presented April updates to Darrington Strong at their regular meeting.
6/15/18 Darrington Collaborative May 2018 Monthly Update
- On 5/1 members of the Darrington Collaborative, its contracting forester - Stewardship Forestry and the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest met to discuss the program of work associated with the
Segelsen 2.0 project. The project is a 70-acre restoration thinning project in the same area as the Collaborative’s first stewardship project. The focus will be on ground based logging on slopes less
than 35% and cable based logging for slopes in excess of 35%. 50-foot buffers will be applied for riparian streams.
- On 5/10 Darrington Collaborative’s contracting forester began flagging out timber sale boundaries for the Segelsen 2.0 project
- On 5/16 members of the Darrington Collaborative presented April updates to Darrington Strong at their regular meeting.
- On 5/24 Darrington Collaborative’s contracting forester did layout work on the west unit of the Segelsen 2.0 project
- On 5/28,
Darrington Middle School students joined students from Tesla STEM High School in Redmond, WA for the sixth in a series of STEM education exchanges inspired by the Darrington Collaborative. Both Oak
Rankin, Executive Director of Glacier Peak Institute and Mike Town a teacher at Tesla STEM High School are members of the Darrington Collaborative. Check out the video below that chronicles the
learning exchange between Redmond Tesla STEM High School and Darrington Middle School during two separate days earlier this year. As part of the exchanges, Darrington students compared water quality
from a local Redmond Creek to earlier samples taken from Darrington area rivers and did a lab on forensics. Check out the video of the most recent exchange:
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.
- Based on the January Tesla STEM High School/Darrington Middle School STEM exchange fostered by the Darrington Collaborative and Glacier Peak Institute, the participants produced the following
- On 2/14 members of the Darrington Collaborative met with Peter Forbes and Darrington District Ranger Staff to discuss future opportunities to work with the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National
- On 2/21 a member of the Collaborative participated in the Washington Collaborative Network monthly meeting
- On 2/26 members of the Collaborative met with Jamie Kingsbury, Forest Supervisor for Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest to discuss future opportunities to work with the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie
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
- 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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday, January
- 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/