The recovery plan for our region is intended to restore listed fish to healthy, harvestable levels. To reach this goal, we take an all-H approach to recovery (harvest, habitat, hatchery, and hydro) and work to reduce limiting factors affecting all stages in the life cycle of the fish.
The Lower Columbia Region
The Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board region extends from the mouth of the Columbia River upstream to, and including, the Little White Salmon River.
The area is home to five Endangered Species Act-listed fish: Chinook, chum, coho, steelhead, and bull trout. All together, these listed species are comprised of 74 distinct populations and account for 59 percent of the Endangered Species Act-listed populations returning to the Columbia River basin. The listed populations inhabit more than 2,500 river miles in 18 subbasins.
There are 8 major tributary dams, 1 Columbia River dam, more than 20 hatcheries, and many important tribal, sport, and commercial fisheries in our region, which make salmon recovery efforts especially complex.
Map of the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board region
The federal Endangered Species Act requires the federal government to develop recovery plans for salmon determined to be at risk of extinction. In Washington, seven (7) regional organizations were formed to develop recovery plans and coordinate implementation. Regional recovery organizations are made up of local, state, and federal agencies, tribes, and citizens, and coordinate their efforts through the Council of Regions.
The LCFRB as a Regional Salmon Recovery Organization
Map of the Regional Salmon Recovery Organizations in Washington State
The LCFRB as a Lead Entity for Salmon Recovery
Lead entities are local, watershed-based organizations that develop local salmon habitat recovery and recruit organizations to implement the strategies through habitat restoration and protection projects.
Lead entities perform an essential role in salmon recovery in Washington. Established by law (RCW 77.85), the 25 lead entities are governed by a committee of local citizens, assisted by technical experts. The federal Endangered Species Act requires the federal government to develop recovery plans for salmon determined to be at risk of extinction.
The Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board is the Lead Entity for the southwest Washington area, as well as the Regional Salmon Recovery Organization.
Map of the Salmon Recovery Lead Entities in Washington State