STEWARDSHIP ETHIC AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Collaboration to encourage and achieve environmental stewardship has been the hallmark of Lorri’s career over the past 35 years. She has tackled tough environmental disputes with creativity, communication, and collaboration, to arrive at better solutions. She is known as a negotiator and problem solver. Over the years, she has been a leader in many multi-party processes -- with pragmatic results that have protected the environment and stood the test of time.
Lorri has consistently built partnerships as a basis for accomplishment. While at Bonneville, she relied on strong partnerships to successfully identify and implement thousands of land and water conservation actions -- with Northwest Indian tribes, state and federal natural resource agencies, local governments, and conservation groups.
Here are some examples of partnership agreements Lorri has achieved over the years:
- The historic Columbia Basin Fish Accords with three states and seven tribes, providing ten years (now extended for an additional four) of partnership to implement critical land and water conservation work across a watershed the size of France.
- The innovative Cedar River Watershed Agreement endorsed by the City of Seattle and the Sierra Club, covering activities and expanded conservation in this critical watershed that supplies Seattle’s (and some of LFP’s) drinking water.
- The Habitat Conservation Plan for dams operated by the Mid-Columbia Public Utility Districts, providing fish passage, hatchery improvements, and habitat acquisition. An older (still functioning) agreement with the PUDs, the Vernita Bar Agreement, provides complex Hanford Reach river flows for spawning fall chinook salmon.
- The Skagit River Dam Licensing Agreement (now many years ago but still functioning) with the City of Seattle, the State, three tribes, and the North Cascades Conservation Council, which provides complex downstream flows for salmon.
The results of Lorri’s stewardship ethic and pragmatism can be seen on the ground, for future generations: Fish that were once functionally extinct have been restored to their native habitats. Over 400 miles of streams have been restored by reconnecting floodplains and similar actions. Hundreds of thousands of acres of land, including in eastern and southwest Washington, have been permanently protected under conservation easements. Access to over 3700 miles of blocked habitat has been opened up for fish and wildlife through small dam removals and culvert replacements. And over 8,000 acres of estuary wetlands have been restored or protected for fish and wildlife. All accomplishments implemented in fiscally-sound ways, with broad support.
Experience + Lake Forest Park Values = Better Solutions