Northeast Washington

Northeast Washington


Key Takeaways

  1. Fish passage barriers are being removed and habitat in the rivers is improving thanks to restoration projects.

  2. Bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout recovery is 16 years in the making.

  3. Success is due to collaboration among state, federal, and local governments; citizens; and the Kalispel Tribe of Indians.

Progress and Challenges

    • Protected nearly 3,000 acres of salmon habitat
    • Removed 70 barriers to fish migration, opening nearly 300 miles of habitat to native trout
    • Restored or protected nearly 164 miles of streams
  • Loss of habitat connectivity, quality, quantity, and diversity
  • Human-made barriers that block fish migration in the Pend Oreille River and its tributaries
  • Rivers that are too warm and don’t have enough dissolved oxygen
  • Invasion by non-native fish that out compete native trout for food, or worse, eat them

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About the Region

As lead entity, the Kalispel Tribe of Indians Natural Resources Department’s fundamental challenge is to provide tribal members with an opportunity to engage in the same cultural practices as their ancestors, which includes fishing for wild salmonids. The tribe’s aboriginal territory consisted of more than 2 million acres in the inland Northwest. The Kalispel Indian Reservation consists of fewer than 5,000 acres.

The Pend Oreille Salmonid Recovery Team is leading the efforts to recover bull trout, which is a culturally significant species and was listed as threatened with extinction under the federal Endangered Species Act in 1999. While no recovery goals have been set for bull trout in this region, restoration activities have precluded future listings of native fish species, such as westslope cutthroat trout.

Salmon Recovery Stories

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