Tribal canoe on Washington coast beach

Washington coast habitat efforts

Logging on the coast increased the amount of sediment entering local streams, impacting salmon redds and fish populations

The Washington coast salmon recovery region, with its predominance of forests and few major cities, represents the last, best chance for the state to protect existing salmon populations from further decline and restore them to healthier levels. The region still has the fish and the healthy rivers, estuaries, and bays. The rich natural environment supports many of the region’s businesses, which rely on the land and waterways for logging, farming, fishing, and recreation.

Still, our salmon are at historically low numbers. Threats include climate change’s predicted impact on snow packs and river conditions, too many roads that put sediment in some streams, and invasive knotweed choking riverbanks. These threats remind us that much hard work still lies ahead.

The coast invests in projects that focus on increasing the resiliency of our salmon populations

Some key accomplishments include the following:

  • Partners are replacing fish-blocking culverts on tributaries to Porter Creek and the Moclips River and in Colby and Stringer Creeks, opening more than 13 miles of habitat.
  • Chehalis River Basin Land Trust is conserving 82 acres of floodplain and uplands along the west shore of the East Fork Hoquiam River near Hoquiam and Forterra is conserving 72 acres of wetlands and shoreline habitat along the Wishkah River.
  • Lewis County Conservation District is restoring a section of Wisner Creek near Chehalis by creating a new channel, planting trees and bushes on the channel’s banks, and managing invasive reed canary grass.
  • Makah Tribe and Quinault Indian Nation are removing and treating non-native plants along 12 miles of Big River, 6 miles of Umbrella Creek, and 1,908 acres in the lower Quinault River floodplain.

Indicator data

Habitat Projects


Habitat Quality

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For more information about habitat project actions, visit the Recreation and Conservation Office’s Habitat Work Schedule and Project Search public databases.

Visit How we measure for background about this data, and our Salmon Data Portal for original source data behind the indicator charts and graphs used throughout this site.