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The Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative has been involved in numerous protect since 2003 when The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked together to purchase over 10,000 acres in Tieton Canyon from Plum Creek Timber. Since then the collaborative has expanded its project scope and scale and is now involved with multiple watershed restoration projects. Look through our projects below and click the “Learn More” button below to see more information about that specific project.
2016 Prescribed Fire Pilot Project
With two record-breaking years of megafire, and devastated communities across the state, it’s not surprising that fire was on lawmakers’ minds this spring. In the 2016 legislative session, lawmakers explored tools for creating more fire-resilient forests, including the passage of House Bill 2928, the Forest Resiliency Burning Pilot project. The bill provides funding for prescribed fire on at-risk forests, as well as an exploration of current barriers to expanding the role of controlled fire in creating and maintaining fire-resilient forests.
2015 Timber Supply Assessment
Through the Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative and the Inter-Tribal Timber Council’s “Anchor
Forests” project, The Nature Conservancy in Washington (TNC) and the University of Washington Rural
Technology Initiative (UW RTI) and have partnered to evaluate forest restoration needs and possible
mechanical restoration treatment opportunities across eastern Washington.
2017 Oak Creek Restoration
In 2017 Mid-Columbia Fisheries completed a project to improve fish habitat in the Oak Creek watershed. The creek enters the Tieton River, less than two miles above the confluence of the Tieton and Naches Rivers in Yakima County. Oak Creek provides valuable spawning and rearing habitat for federally-threatened Mid-Columbia steelhead in the Tieton River system.
2015 Manastash-Taneum Restoration
The Tapash Collaborative partners have evaluated priority areas across the 2.3 million acre Tapash landscape and in 2014 identified watersheds within the Manastash-Taneum landscape as a priority for restoration treatments. This is a 90,000-acre landscape that includes ownership by WDNR, WDFW, USFS, and now TNC (formerly Plum Creek Timberlands).
2014 Little Naches Restoration
About 10 years ago the Tapash Collaborative and the US Forest Service were awarded funding through the Collaborative Forest Restoration Act. The Little Naches Working Group was born under the umbrella of Tapash to help the USFS connect with stakeholders who have a wealth of local knowledge and deep commitment to this watershed.
By 2014 the project working group had grown to about 40 members and established a steering committee made up of one representative from each of the six subgroups: Vegetation, Special Use Permits, Economics, Recreation, Wildlife, and Aquatics.
Between 1850 and 1870, millions of acres of forest were ceded to railroad companies in alternate square mile sections to promote the development of the west. Checkerboard ownership hampers effective management of natural resources. Tapash partners engage in cooperative dialogue to promote land consolidation because we recognize that forestland is managed better when it is owned in contiguous tracts.