Restoration Dominates Region’s Activities
This region spends most of its salmon recovery funding on habitat protection and restoration. For the past 20 years, about $1.7 million a year from the state’s Recreation and Conservation Office has been available to restore the 3.75 million acres of watershed in the region. In the past 8 years, the region has received a more than ten-fold increase in funding with an infusion of state capital funds from the Washington Coast Restoration and Resiliency Initiative, Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board, and the Chehalis Basin Strategy Aquatic Species and Restoration Plan.
Funding for other essential salmon recovery activities, especially status and trends monitoring, has not kept pace with the regional need.