Habitat conditions in each life stage, including tributary streams, the main stem Columbia River, and the ocean, profoundly affect upper Columbia salmon and steelhead populations. Although habitat in most upper Columbia subbasins is good, especially in headwater streams, humans have damaged habitat near valley bottoms. The Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board works with partners inside and outside the region to align priorities and implement the recovery plan. Accomplishments include the following:
In this region, salmon face many obstacles; some of the most important ones include oversimplified rivers, degraded forests, excess fine sediment, low flows, and human-made barriers that block access to habitat. These interrelated issues are the result of past and ongoing natural and human-caused changes in our watersheds. The Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board recognizes that recovery of salmon and steelhead ultimately will be the result of effective, interdisciplinary collaboration. That’s why this recovery region works hard to develop a strategy to achieve recovery goals and meet the needs of our partners and communities.