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Implementing salmon recovery from the ground up

The Salmon Recovery Network (SRNet) is what we call the interconnected efforts of regional salmon recovery organizations, lead entities, regional fisheries enhancement groups, conservation districts, non-profit conservation organizations, and state, federal, and tribal governments to restore and sustain salmon and steelhead and the habitats upon which they depend.

The caucus-based SRNet Work Group is comprised of representatives from the network and meets regularly to address statewide salmon recovery funding and policy issues and to advance the goals of the SRNet as a whole. The work group provides a venue for relationship building, information sharing, and opportunities for coordination and collaboration among the organizations.

SRNet work group members strive to speak with a unified voice to build public, political, and financial support for protecting and recovering salmon in Washington State. SRNet work group members also work together with a wide range of other local and state-wide organizations to maintain an effective, broad coalition and implement salmon and steelhead recovery on the ground.

The following is a list of organizations that ensure the network is coordinated and that recovery is taking place in communities across Washington

  • Seven regional organizations and twenty-five lead entities
    Regional organizations form the backbone of local salmon recovery; they write and coordinate and monitor implementation of local recovery plans. Lead entities work directly with implementers to ensure projects are consistent with science, recovery plans, and community values.
  • Treaty tribes
    Twenty nine tribes in Washington State co-manage the salmon resource. By treaty, they are guaranteed the right to fish in their usual and accustomed areas. Tribal representatives serve on the boards of each of the seven regional organizations. Tribes are also implementers.
  • Non profit sponsors and implementers
    Dozens of land trusts, environmental and community groups, foundations, and schools, implement on-the-ground projects and bring additional resources to the effort.
  • Conservation districts
    Non-regulatory and supported by the State Conservation Commission, local districts provide technical and scientific assistance to land owners and other local partners to design, implement, and monitor on-the-ground recovery projects.
  • Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups (RFEG)
    With support from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, these groups coordinate community involvement and education, in addition to implementing salmon recovery projects.
  • Counties, cities, and local jurisdictions
    In addition to implementing local projects, local jurisdictions exercise their authorities on behalf of salmon recovery in response to citizen expectations.
  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
    With the treaty tribes, the State of Washington co- manages the salmon resource, primarily through the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s habitat, hatchery, and harvest programs. The department provides direct support to regional fisheries enhancement groups and technical and scientific expertise to the implementation of fisheries, consistent with salmon recovery.
  • Washington Department of Ecology
    The department provides significant grant funding to local projects that restore floodplain habitat, improve water quality and supply for fish and people, and implement irrigation efficiencies. In addition, Ecology is engaged with local, federal, tribal and non-government partners in designing and implementing water management strategies in watersheds statewide.
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
    This federal agency administers the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund, which is matched by our state Legislature to fund projects across Washington State. NOAA provides scientific support to the regions, whose plans it approved as likely to recover threatened and endangered salmon.
  • Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB)
    Evaluates proposals and distributes federal and state dollars to implementers across the state. Comprised of gubernatorial appointees from across the state and non-voting state agency representatives.
  • Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO)
    Ensures fiscal responsibility for the network, staffing the Salmon Recovery Funding Board and Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office.
  • Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office (GSRO)
    Coordinates policy, statewide strategy, and provides network support. Assists with securing funds for recovery efforts on the ground. Works with regions to produce the biennial State of the Salmon in Watersheds report.