The Washington Forest Collaborative Network is engaged in a diverse set of projects to increase the pace and scale of forest restoration while contributing to local economies. Click on each of the tabs below to learn about some of the Network’s successes.
Darrington Forest Collaborative
Stegelsen Stewardship Project
Segelsen stewardship is the first pilot project of the Darrington Collaborative on the Darrington Ranger District of the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest (MBS). The Stewardship project has two components: a thinning project in the Segelsen area and aquatic restoration projects associated with the Clear Creek Road.
The overall goal of this pilot project is to try different prescription approaches to build group understanding and learning regarding different management approaches that could be applied more broadly across the Darrington Ranger District.
Below are the main objectives:
1. Use variable density thinning to accelerate the development of old-forest characteristics and functions, including large trees with complex crowns, a multistory canopy, snags and downed logs, a diverse plant community, and a patchy, variable structure that includes openings.
2. Minimize damage and disturbance to riparian areas and soils related to road conditions moving forward.
Social and Economic
1. Provide work for local logging contractors and wood volume for local wood processing industries.
2. Provide revenue for aquatic restoration projects, including the Clear Creek upgrades.
3. Develop common understanding of forest management approaches and their effects among collaborative members. Test different prescription and contracting approaches that have ecological benefits and can be replicated on larger projects.
“The Darrington Collaborative has been a unique and rewarding experience for the community of Darrington to build trust with industry, environmentalists and local leaders to provide economic benefits to our community through sustainable logging, forest restoration and STEM education.”
– Dan Rankin, owner of Dan Rankin Milling and lifelong Darrington resident
The Segelsen Stewardship Project involved efforts by staff at the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest and members of the Darrington Collaborative including representatives from Washington Wild, Atterbury Consultants, American Whitewater, Glacier Peak Institute, The Wilderness Society, Darrington Mayor and local mill owner Dan Rankin, Pew Trusts, local contract logger Steve Skaglund, STEM educator Mike Town and retired local logger Bob Boyd.
In October 2017, Hampton Lumber secured the winning bid for the Segelsen stewardship sale. Hampton offered a strong bid well over the minimum acceptable offer at $358,000, or $29.14 per ton. The unit will be harvested and the Clear Creek Road aquatic restoration work will be completed in the summer of 2018.
Next up, the Darrington Collaborative is working with the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest to identify multiple thinning restoration projects in FY 18 and FY 19 as well as planning for a longer-term landscape level environmental assessment in the Darrington area.