Project Number (Assigned by Designated Federal Official):
Funding Fiscal Year(s):2013
2. Project Name: Clallam County Sheriff’s Department Chain Gang
3a. State: Washington
3b. County(s): Clallam
4. Project Submitted By: Sgt. Matthew Blore
5. Date: 08/08/2012
6. Contact Phone Number: (360) 417-2566
7. Contact E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
8. Project Location: US Forest Service properties in Clallam County
a. National Forest(s): Olympic
b. Forest Service District: Pacific District North
c. Location (Township-Range-Section)
9. Project Goals and Objectives: Continue to provide meaningful training and establish work ethics for selected inmates incarcerated in the Clallam County Corrections Facility. Maintenance of existing camp grounds and buildings. Remove approximately 75,000 noxious weeds yearly. Build, maintain and improve trails and recreation areas. Clean roads, bridge approaches and culverts. Pick-up litter and dump sites. Plant native vegetation for restoration and protection of water shed areas. Work closely with Forest Service Personnel on other requested projects.
10. Project Description:
a. Brief: (in one sentence) Work in co-ordination with US Forest Service on various designated projects which may include road maintenance and/or decommissioning, litter and dumpsite cleanup, control of noxious weeds, maintaining infrastructure and building trails, and other projects including stream and watershed restoration for fish and wildlife habitat, and forest ecosystem restoration and stewardship.
b. Detailed: Continuation of the US Forest Service Chain Gang which is a partnership between the Clallam County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Forest Service. The Chain Gang consists of one Officer and up to five inmate team members. The inmates are carefully selected and provided a thorough orientation to the program. The Chain Gang handbook is given to each inmate outlining program rules, safety and security practices, procedures, and work performance expectations. The Chain Gang Officer is responsible for coordinating and scheduling various work projects with the U.S. Forest Project Representative. Campground and maintenance will include removal of litter and natural debris, fire pit cleaning and rebuilding, removal of overgrown vegetation and noxious weeds, painting and repair of picnic tables, restrooms and other established buildings, planting of native plants in habitat restoration areas, installation and maintenance of signage, build additional campsites and other tasks as requested. Road projects will include weed eating guardrails and brushing of right
of ways, cleanup and removal of blow downs and storm damage, cleaning of bridges and approaches, cleaning of culverts and ditches, cleaning of illegal dumpsites and litter pickup, fill pot holes, removal of noxious weeds, removal of tires, appliances and abandoned vehicles, recycle aluminum, batteries, and other metals, and other requested tasks. Trail projects will include building and maintaining new trails including the Olympic Discovery Trail section on U.S. Forest Service lands, building and maintaining trails to streams and rivers for use by Fisheries personnel, maintenance and repair of existing trails, bridges, parking areas, and trail heads, noxious weed removal, planting of native plants, litter removal, and other requested tasks. Maintain and repair Louella Cabin and Crews Quarters and areas of the Snider Work Camp. Work in partnership on US Forest Service projects with local volunteer organizations such as the Back Country Horseman. The Chain Gang work schedule is four days a week from 0700-1700. The inmates generally work 6-7.5 hours per day, the actual times vary, depending on travel, team preparation, and security factors. Safety and security is paramount to the program and is stressed throughout each project. A safety meeting and project discussion is held prior to every project and inmates are expected to follow all instructions.
11. Types of Lands Involved?
State/Private/Other lands involved? X Yes No
If Yes, specify: The building and maintenance of the new Olympic Discovery Trail will require coordination with those working on trail sections connecting to U.S. Forest Service lands. These lands may include private, county, state, and federally owned lands. The coordination of Olympic Discovery Trail work will be accomplished in conjunction with the Clallam County Public Works Department and U.S.Forest Service Personnel.
If Yes, specify:
12. How does the proposed project meet purposes of the Legislation? (Check at least 1)
Improves maintenance of existing infrastructure.
Implements stewardship objectives that enhance forest ecosystems.
b. Primary Purpose (select only 1): Projects as directed by US Forest Service Project Representative.
14. Identify What the Project Will Accomplish
Miles of road maintained:
Miles of road decommissioned/obliterated:
Number of structures maintained/improved:
Acres of soil productivity improved:
Miles of stream/river restored/improved:
Miles of fish habitat restored/improved:
Acres of native species reestablished:
Miles of trail maintained:
Miles of trial obliterated:
Acres of forest health improved (including fuels reduction):
Acres of rangeland improved:
Acres of wildlife habitat restored/improved:
Acres of noxious weeds controlled:
Timber volume generated:
Jobs generated in full time equivalents (FTE) to nearest tenth. One FTE is 52 forty hour weeks:
People reached (for environmental education projects/fire prevention): Approx. 3000 at the Clallam Co. Fair
Direct economic activity benefit: The Chain Gangs efforts to maintain, improve and expand opportunities for access to and recreational use of U.S. Forest Service lands and facilities will produce a direct economic benefit via increased tourism and outdoor recreational pursuits which generate economic activity.
15. Estimated Project Start Date: 01/01/2013
16. Estimated Project Completion Date: 12/31/2013
17. List known partnerships or collaborative opportunities. US Forest Service, Clallam County Noxious Weed Board, Washington State Fish and Wildlife, Tribal Governments, Clallam County Road Department and volunteers such as Back Country Horseman.
18. Identify benefits to communities. Utilization of voluntary inmate laborers, who are returning a portion of the cost of their incarceration back to the community, while earning extra good-time off
their sentence, is a benefit to the County, local municipalities, and the U.S. Forest Service. In addition, a higher sense of self-esteem, better work ethic, and improved behavior during incarceration are noticeable benefits to the program participants. Completion of the Olympic Discovery Trail to the coast will benefit local residents, tourism, and local communities by offering a safe outdoor recreational trail system used by walkers, bicycle riders and horseback riders.
19. How does the project benefit federal lands/resources? Many of the project proposals could and would not be accomplished without the availability and utilization of the Chain Gang due to budget restraints and economic realities. Chain Gang projects helps to provide access, maintain, and improve safety of the U.S. Forest Service road system, trails, campgrounds, and facilities. Many of the roads, trails, camprounds and other facilities of the U.S. Forest Service will fall into marginal and deteriorating condition if not maintained and pose a risk of loss of use, access, value, and potential environmental damage to infrastructure and the ecosystem if not properly maintained.
20. What is the Proposed Method(s) of Accomplishment? (check at least 1)