1The upper Columbia is about abundance–big rivers, big harvests, and big fish. Diverse communities, with different interests, are united by an understanding and appreciation for the role salmon play in our identity as a region.
2With sustained efforts, salmon are returning and communities are experiencing renewed fishing opportunities and economic growth. The runs are nearly double what they were 10 years ago, but endangered spring Chinook are in desperate need of continued recovery efforts to survive.
3While continuing to improve habitat, the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board is looking broadly across a range of factors (forest health, hydropower, hatcheries, and harvest) affecting the long-term sustainability of our listed species. The board is developing new partnerships and seeking new opportunities to change the trajectory of salmon and steelhead.
Nestled in north central Washington, the Upper Columbia River Salmon Recovery Region is a region of startling contrast and rich complexity. Unparalleled habitat, vast working forests, robust hydropower and preeminent global agriculture all live here, as does a culture of caring and collaboration. Salmon travel more than 500 miles to reach the region, traversing the heart of Washington, and connecting and sustaining the communities and natural systems they pass through. Salmon sustain us here in the rural communities of Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan Counties. The region is home to five species of salmon and encompasses the major watersheds of the Wenatchee, Entiat, Methow, and Okanogan Rivers. We are the caretakers of three salmonid species at risk of extinction—spring Chinook salmon, steelhead, and bull trout.