Webinar: Making the Case for Recreation and Conservation – The Upper Nooksack River Recreation Plan

Are you interested in learning about the collaborative efforts to create recreation and conservation plans? This webinar describes the process taken to create the Upper Nooksack River Recreation Plan. Stemming from efforts to protect the Upper Nooksack through Wild & Scenic River designation, the plan provides recommendations for non-motorized recreation and protection of its natural and cultural values. Webinar participants will learn to how initiate multi-stakeholder, cross-jurisdictional collaborative planning; the basics of Wild & Scenic River designation and perceptions about their management; and methods of fostering community engagement in recreation management.

Flowing west from the peaks of the North Cascades to the salty waters of the Salish Sea, the Nooksack is one of the few remaining river systems in Washington that supports populations of all five species of Pacific salmon, as well as steelhead, bull trout, and cutthroat trout. Bald eagles, black bears, cougars, and elk are among the native wildlife inhabitants. It is also a world-class, outdoor recreation haven, providing local residents and area visitors with fishing opportunities, trails, riverside campsites, whitewater boating, and winter sports.

Tune in and learn:
– Learn how to initiate and coordinate a multi-stakeholder, cross-jurisdictional collaborative planning process
– Understand the basics of Wild and Scenic Rivers and perceptions about Wild & Scenic River management
– Hear about the importance of community engagement with planning and resource management