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7 thoughts on “Hospitality for salmon coming with restoration of Big Beef Creek

  1. Hi, Chris. Glad to see this work progressing in BBC. Just curious why you didn’t mention benefits imparted to the reintroduced summer-run chum salmon aggregation in the creek. The proposed work should benefit survival and productivity of that listed species, which spawns in the lower mile where the project is focused.



    1. Tim,

      In the first paragraph, I zeroed in on the wetlands, which are much needed in that part of Big Beef Creek, but the second paragraph mentions summer chum:

      “Other work, which started last year, involves placing large woody debris in the stream to create deep pools for salmon to cool off and rest before continuing their migration. The wood also will help to form new spawning areas for coho, fall chum and the threatened summer chum of Hood Canal.”

      Feel free to elaborate on the benefits of this project to summer chum, and thank you for your comment. (For those who don’t know, Tim Tynan is a longtime salmon biologist, now with NOAA Fisheries.)

  2. Chris, has there been any discussion on preventing or suspending the practice of gill netting the northern side of the creek during the salmon run. If we can allow a few generations to re-establish themselves coupled with the restoration efforts underway might it benefit all involved.

    1. Yes, I have heard of discussions about limiting fishing near certain streams undergoing restoration, including Big Beef Creek. Thanks for the question. I’m going to take a closer look at this issue later this year and during North of Falcon talks next year. Please stay tuned.

    1. Carol,

      You will find plenty of localized steep slopes, which could be subject to relatively small landslides. If you are looking at a specific property, you should have a geologist examine any steep slopes.

      As general information, I found three old landslides on a map produced in a study called “Landslides Mapped from LIDAR Imagery, Kitsap County, Washington.” The three slides are close together and described in text as “along east and west flanks of Big Beef Creek about 3.8 km SE of Seabeck and Hood Canal. Not field checked.” You can download the map and report and take a look.

      Another source of information is the Geologic Hazards map found on the website of Kitsap County Department of Community Development. If you are planning to build, you might check with DCD to obtain some general information about the hazards.

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