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NWIFC: HOH TRIBE AND DNR TO SIGN HISTORIC AGREEMENT TOWARD FOREST ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT

 FORKS, Wash., May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hoh Tribe and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will sign a historic forest agreement designed to guard future runs of wild fish returning to the Hoh River basin and allow a more predictable timber supply, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) said today. This agreement will bring forest management in the Hoh basin another step closer to true ecosystem management. The signing ceremony will be held in the Hoh Tribal Center, south of Forks, at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 11.
 The agreement, negotiated over a period of three years, sets a new standard for timber management near environmentally and fishery sensitive areas. Guidelines in the agreement improve the timber sale review process and will mitigate the adverse impacts of past timber harvest practices within the Hoh River basin.
 "We are very encouraged by this agreement with the state," said Hoh Tribal Council Chairwoman Vivian Lee. "We are especially pleased that DNR and the tribe have jointly developed a framework for evaluating land-use practices and impacts of future harvests and that forest practices will better protect fisheries within the tribe's usual and accustomed watersheds," she said.
 Commissioner of Public Lands Jennifer Belcher said she's equally excited about this new approach to forest management. "This is an agreement which will lead us toward better management of all our resources. Cooperative agreements with our neighbors are the most effective management we can foster," Belcher said. She added, "The results of this will be very positive for the people of Washington."
 Key provisions in the state-tribal agreement emphasize the review process that it being adopted. This process will be used to evaluate potential impacts to fish habitat and water quality based on the best available scientific information and allows this information to be updated as new knowledge is gained. The process still allows opportunities to address additional fishery habitat concerns on a site- by-site basis.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Hatten, Hoh Tribe Habitat Biologist, 206-374-6582; or Sue Trettevik, Olympic Region Department of Natural Resources, public information officer, 206-374-6131; or Carson Boysen, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission Coastal Information Officer, 206-438-1180/


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