The Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission (SEEC) has an extensive alumni of commissioners and alternate commissioners dating back to the creation of the treaty in 1984. One of these people is Jack Delair, who lives in nearby Hope BC. A 20 year conservation officer career in the area since 1961 certainly qualified Jack for anything Skagit related!
Back when a log boom across Ross Lake marked the international boundary line, drift wood debris was with a major issue. The wood needed to be captured and removed at the north end of the lake to keep it away from the Ross Dam area at the south end. A long standing practice of burning the debris annoyed Jack personally and as a result he was involved with the cessation of the burning program resulting in the initiation of processing that wood for campfire purposes as an alternative to pile burning.
Many of the historical issues facing the Upper Skagit Watershed remain unchanged. The conservation officers collaborate with law enforcement, work to prevent camper garbage accumulation and enforce fisheries laws. One unique activity Jack was involved with that is no longer practiced was deer counting. Jack designed a live deer trap that involved bait, a no-harm treadle -triggered leg noose and setting up camp nearby to make frequent checks, counts and releases. Not your average day job!
Looking ahead, Jack hopes that the clean quality of the water in the Skagit will remain a top priority. The Skagit River has always been a world-class fly fishing destination and Jack would like to see it preserved as such. Preservation is something Jack is familiar with. A unique salmon enhancement channel has been developed on his farmland adjacent to the Fraser River where budding biologists come to study fish each year from BCIT in Burnaby BC. From their beautiful farm location near the Hope grass airpark, Jack participates annually in the rare bird species identification programs as he did with BC Ministry of Environment large mammal identification and reporting projects in his conservation officer days. Jack and Betty Delair remain supporters of education programs and initiatives in the Upper Skagit Watershed to this day.
When asked to name his favourite Skagit spot, he immediately identifies ‘green pool’, a popular fly fishing pool near the confluence of Nepopkum Creek and the Skagit River. Jack fondly remembers his involvement with the Skagit Commission noting that some fellow commissioners still remain in-touch to this day.
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Process. The EIS process will be managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee and other agencies. A range of recovery strategies and alternatives will be considered and local communities, residents, and stakeholders will have opportunities for input on the development and selection of the strategy.
1994 promotional video for a Cascades International Park, by Cascades International Alliance - produced for a conference of the same name at the University of Washington. The international Park proposal began as part of the campaign to stop High Ross Dam and preserve the greater ecosystem, and although it never came to fruition, the guiding principles have been taken up by the Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission. Contains some of the only known video footage of Harvey Manning.
SCA, Student Conservation Association