Partners of the North Santiam

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The Part­ners of the North San­tiam Water­shed (Part­ners or PNS), are a col­lab­o­ra­tion of local, county, state, fed­eral, and tribal enti­ties; local and regional busi­nesses; non­profit enti­ties; and other com­mit­ted stake­hold­ers that rely on the well-being of the North San­tiam River Water­shed (NSW). For many years, we have worked both inde­pen­dently of one another and on project-by-project col­lab­o­ra­tions (see sec­tion 4 of the Action Plan for a his­tory of col­lab­o­ra­tion). Through these expe­ri­ences, we real­ized that by work­ing together we could achieve greater syn­ergy through shared learn­ing, mar­shal­ing of shared exper­tise and resources, and col­lec­tive strate­gic plan­ning and imple­men­ta­tion. There­fore, start­ing in spring of 2015, we formed the PNS with the fol­low­ing over­ar­ch­ing vision:

The North San­tiam River Water­shed is made more resilient by Part­ners imple­ment­ing coor­di­nated actions to restore eco­log­i­cal processes that main­tain habi­tat for species while sup­port­ing and improv­ing social and eco­nomic inter­ests in local communities.

Our mem­bers cover the full geo­graphic, socio­cul­tural, and eco­nomic extents of the NSW, and bring the tech­ni­cal exper­tise, expe­ri­ence, will, desire and polit­i­cal back­ing to pro­tect and restore the NSW’s valu­able resources. From its head­wa­ters in the Cas­cades to its con­flu­ence with the Willamette River, the NSW con­sists of a diverse set of ecosys­tems that serve the species that depend on them, includ­ing the human pop­u­la­tion whose inter­ests we represent.

Our mem­bers con­sist of nat­ural resource land man­agers and tech­ni­cal experts with a proven track record imple­ment­ing actions that pro­duce impor­tant water­shed level out­comes. Pri­vate landown­ers and busi­ness inter­ests are rep­re­sented on the North San­tiam WC Board, NS For­est Col­lab­o­ra­tive par­tic­i­pants, Detroit Lake Fed­eral Lakes Com­mit­tee, San­tiam Water Con­trol Dis­trict Board and Soil & Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict Boards. Equally impor­tant, despite what may often be viewed as com­pet­ing inter­ests, we have shown a long-term com­mit­ted desire to work together rec­og­niz­ing the ben­e­fits of col­lab­o­ra­tion and a “shared water­shed” mind­set. Through the PNS col­lab­o­ra­tion, we assist one another in achiev­ing each other’s orga­ni­za­tions stated mis­sions
The water­shed is host to the Willamette National For­est Detroit Ranger Dis­trict, BLM and San­tiam State For­est lands, which pro­vide tim­ber resources, recre­ational oppor­tu­ni­ties, and impor­tant local fish and
wildlife habi­tat that our com­mu­nity relies upon for our eco­nomic vital­ity and cul­tural val­ues. The water­shed pro­vides drink­ing water to our many small com­mu­ni­ties as well as Salem, Oregon’s sec­ond largest city and state capi­tol. Pro­tec­tion of these vital resources is in our com­mon inter­est and we con­tinue to work col­lab­o­ra­tively toward that end.

The NSW is a rich and bio­log­i­cally diverse area, over­lap­ping with six Ore­gon Con­ser­va­tion Strat­egy Con­ser­va­tion Oppor­tu­nity Areas that sup­port six strat­egy habi­tats and 45 strat­egy species. How­ever, the NSW has expe­ri­enced native habi­tat and species declines. Together, we have been work­ing to address Endan­gered Species Act list­ings of win­ter steel­head and Spring Chi­nook salmon, Clean Water Act 303d water qual­ity list­ings, and the prospect of cli­mate change exac­er­bat­ing exist­ing eco­log­i­cal stressors.

The San­tiam River Water­shed (i.e., inclu­sive of the North and South San­tiam Water­sheds) once pro­vided 60 per­cent of win­ter steel­head and approx­i­mately one-third of the spring Chi­nook salmon pro­duc­tion for
the entire Willamette Basin (E&S Envi­ron­men­tal Chem­istry 2002). Our native Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ties know this well, with our tribal rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Con­fed­er­ated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, Siletz,
and Warm Springs ground­ing us in the his­tory of the land and bring­ing valu­able insights into how to heal and restore the water­shed (see draft Action Plan sec­tions 5, 6 and 8 for fur­ther descrip­tion of NSW con­di­tions
and con­ser­va­tion and restora­tion needs).

PNS Resiliency Action Plan Draft 6_2018 (No Images)
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Appen­dix G — Needs Updat­ing
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Appen­dix J –Needs Updating