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Jackson Project: Terrestrial Program

The PUD employs biologists to implement the Terrestrial Resources Management Plan for the Jackson Hydroelectric Project.


Terrestrial Resource Management Plan (TRMP)

The TRMP describes the actions Snohomish County PUD will take to protect, mitigate and enhance wildlife resources associated with the Jackson Project. It was prepared in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the U.S. Forest Service, Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest (USFS), the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and the Tulalip Tribes (Tribes). The TRMP lands consist of approximately 2,548 acres of upland (including 502 acres of old growth habitat), wetland and natural lake and 1,908 acres of reservoir in the Sultan River Basin of Snohomish County, Washington. The lands are divided into four management tracts based on location. The TRMP incorporates habitat enhancement methods for forest vegetation management, including old growth, young forest and understory management; lake, wetland and stream buffers; snags and decaying live trees; coarse woody debris; right-of-way management; and waterfowl nest boxes.

To view the plan, click on the Management Plans link below and select "Terrestrial Resources Management Plan."

Noxious Weed Management Plan (NWMP)

The NWMP describes the PUD’s strategy for controlling and containing the spread of Class A, Class B Designate, and Snohomish County selected noxious weeds, as well as other weeds the PUD manages, that occur within the Project boundary. The NWMP was developed in consultation with the Snohomish County Noxious Weed Board (SCNWB), the City of Everett (City), Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), USFWS, WDFW and USFS.

To view the plan, click on the Management Plans and select "Noxious Weed Management Plan."

Marbled Murrelet Habitat Protection Plan Summary

Surveys by the PUD and others have documented the presence of marbled murrelets (a federally listed threatened species) in the Sultan Basin, and have resulted in the designation of portions of the forest in and near the Project boundary as “occupied” by nesting marbled murrelets. The MMHPP describes specific measures that the PUD will implement to avoid or minimize Project-related impacts to marbled murrelets and their habitat. Three general types of Project-related activities are addressed in the plan: 1) pruning, topping and felling of road-side danger trees; 2) overstory thinning and creation of snags, decaying live trees, coarse woody debris and forest canopy gaps during implementation of the TRMP; and 3) the creation of new recreation trails and associated facilities as required in the Recreation Resource Management Plan (RRMP) under License Article 413. 

To view the plan, click on the Management Plans and select "Marbled Murrelet Habitat Protection Plan."