Recovery relies on the integration of land use program and salmon and steelhead priorities. \
The Recovery Plan was based in part on the assumptions that regulatory programs protect habitat baseline conditions, conservation programs protect what regulatory programs cannot, restoration programs improve upon baseline conditions, and that monitoring of programs will identify successes and areas where more effort is necessary. It is essential that these assumptions are reviewed and adapted over time.
To date, program reviews are limited to a pilot assessment based in the East Fork Lewis River watershed. Key take homes from this project are:
Recovery Plan expectations for partner programs do not provide enough supporting details for successful alignment
LCFRB staff have limited capacity to fully engage with recovery partners on all programs
Supporting program data is limited, and not structured to support effective assessment of program success
Available habitat restoration project data does not support assessment of freshwater habitat threats to salmon and steelhead.