Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board as a Regional Salmon Recovery Organization
The federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires the federal government to develop recovery plans for salmon determined to be at risk of extinction. In Washington state, 7 regional organizations (local, state, and federal agencies, tribes, and citizens) develop recovery plans and coordinate implementation through the Council of Regions.
Map of the Regional Organizations in Washington State
Purpose and Roles
Provide a forum for communities to create and sustain local goals
Offer technical support to local salmon recovery projects
Foster implementation of recovery plans
Evaluate salmon recovery goals and identify needed changes
Help integrate salmon planning and recovery activities across a myriad of agencies and groups
Map of the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board region
Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board as a Lead Entity for Salmon Recovery
Lead entities are local, watershed-based organizations that develop salmon habitat recovery strategies and recruit organizations to do habitat protection and restoration projects.
Established by law (RCW 77.85), the 25 lead entities consist of a lead coordinator, a committee of local, technical experts, and a committee of local citizens. 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 Lead Entities in Washington State