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Habitat Management

Quinault Habitat Management Program

Quinault Habitat Management Program | Quinault Fisheries Department
Building a log jam on the Quinault River

The Quinault Habitat Management Program under the Quinault Fisheries Department is responsible for developing science-based policy plans, and procedures to protect and expand the fisheries of the Quinault Indian Nation.

Watershed restoration is a key component of many habitat management plans and endangered fish species recovery efforts on Quinault Indian Nation lands. The Quinault Habitat Management Program is constantly in an effort to enhance or restore habitat for salmonids and other fish species.

In the 1990s restoring watershed processes became widely accepted as the key to restoring watershed health and improving fish habitat. We believe in restoration strategies that place emphasis on restoring physical and biological processes that create healthy watersheds and high-quality habitats.

Land use can also effect habitat by disrupting the processes that form and sustain habitats, such as the supply and movement of sediment from hillslopes, woody debris recruitment, shading of the stream by the riparian forest, and delivery of water to the stream channel.

Restoration activities include road removal or improvements (for fish passage, or to reduce erosion), slope stabilization, stream-side planting, channel reconstruction, and adding in-stream structure (like trees or boulders.)

Identifying habitat forming processes that have been degraded and that need to be restored requires three basic steps:

  • Identifying the types and natural rates of habitat-forming processes
  • Determining where processes are altered and the factors responsible
  • Deciding how to restore the disrupted processes

Quinault Habitat Management Factors

Quinault Habitat Management Program | Quinault Fisheries Department
The goal is to build sustainable fishing on the Quinault River

Salmon are affected by a wide variety of factors in the ocean and on land, including ocean and climatic conditions, dams, habitat loss, urbanization, agricultural and logging practices, water diversion, and predators (including humans). Salmon are an important source of spiritual and physical sustenance for the Quinault Indian Nation.

Correctly judging the size of salmon populations is a constant challenge. Salmon are affected by many natural and human-caused factors, so their numbers can vary widely.

The real estate mantra of “location, location, location” also applies to creatures living underwater. Because fish depend on their water estate to survive and reproduce, the Quinault Habitat Management Program recognizes the importance of healthy habitat for commercial and recreational fisheries.

Fisheries Senior Scientist, Larry Gilbertson  »  360.276.8215 x7261

Habitat Management Scientist, Bill Armstrong  »  360.276.8215 x7240

Fisheries Operations Manager, Tyler Jurasin  »  360.276.8215 x7472

Environmental Scientist, Mark Mobbs  »   360.276.8215 x7292

Marine Resources Scientist, Joe Schumacker  »  360.276.8215 x7327

Shoreline Habitat Biologist, Ronald Coleman  »  360.276.8215 x7213

Additional Quinault Habitat Management Resources:

Quinault Fisheries Department

Quinault River Restoration Project

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Fish and Aquatic Conservation

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife – Habitat Conservation

Native American Fish and Wildlife Society