Salmon Habitat Recovery

The federal government listed several species of salmon as threatened or endangered. The State of Washington chose to establish a local framework to determine what actions would be taken to protect these species and their habitat, rather than leave the decision-making process to non-resident agencies. The framework established includes an option for county governments to participate as Lead Entities for a given geographic area. 

The Klickitat County Department of Natural Resources is the the Lead Entity in this program for the Klickitat Lead Entity area, which covers Water Resource Inventory Areas (WRIA) 29b, 30, and 31, including the Columbia River extending from the confluence with the White Salmon River upstream to the confluence with the Yakima River.

Background information for this program is available on the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office's Salmon Recovery Website.

Salmon Habitat Recovery Strategy

The Klickitat Lead Entity Salmon Recovery Strategy documents the vision for local salmonid recovery and the goals and other components for salmon habitat recovery and protection in the Klickitat Lead Entity’s geographic area.

The Klickitat Lead Entity Salmon Recovery Strategy was developed for use by the Klickitat Lead Entity Organization for non-regulatory purposes, such as those outlined in the document. The strategy has not been subject to peer review or other quality assurance processes appropriate for regulatory application of its contents. Do not cite or quote the Klickitat Region Salmon Recovery Strategy without the express written consent of the Klickitat Lead Entity.

Salmon Recovery Project Grants

Every year the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office holds a competitive grant round to fund salmon habitat recovery projects. Local projects must be submitted through the Klickitat Lead Entity process for funding consideration.