Habitat Restoration

The Strategy: restoring habitat for salmon and other aquatic species

Without bold action across the Basin to rebuild rivers and streams with the forest and floodplains, it is estimated that we could lose the local populations of spring Chinook salmon entirely in 60 years. We could also lose a significant percent of the economically-vital steelhead runs in that same period.

The Chehalis Basin Strategy is focused on habitat, land, and water management which can only strengthen state, regional, federal, and tribal government management of other factors related to salmon loss. Given the Strategy’s integrated approach, many of the actions proposed to restore habitat will also help protect against flood damage.

See the exciting progress on our first large-scale river restoration project on the Skookumchuck River. Collaboration among many partners – including landowners, land trusts, conservation districts, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife – is key to the success of the Aquatic Species Restoration Plan.

The Aquatic Species Restoration Plan

The Aquatic Species Restoration Plan (ASRP), central to every possible approach, would prioritize habitat restoration for the species that will benefit the most, particularly salmon and steelhead. It’s being hailed by a variety of stakeholders across the country for the depth and breadth of its scientific assessment of the Basin. Learn more about the ASRP:

ASRP projects

The Office of Chehalis Basin, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Chehalis Basin Board have been working together to perform studies and implement projects that protect communities from the effects of flooding, and to protect and enhance aquatic habitat within the basin. We have created an interactive story map that details these projects, their status, and the investment of public funds. It also highlights some of the recent work done and upcoming projects.