Plan, September 2004
We believe that the Lower Columbia Fish
Enhancement Group (LCFEG) will lead the process of salmon
and steelhead recovery in a way that ensures
community involvement in habitat restoration so that
abundant, naturally self-sustaining runs occur throughout
the Lower Columbia River region.
Develop strategic relationships with key
- Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board (LCFRB)
- State & Federal resource agencies
- NWPPC, BPA
- State Government
- Local Government
- Land Owners
- Conservation Organizations
- Private Donors/Businesses
Develop and implement education and outreach
activities to build moral and financial support for key
- Schedule regular events with legislators,
scientists, members (board and paid), and other key
individuals for continual program and project
- Cultivate strong ties with agencies, academia, and
other local citizen groups.
- Educate citizens at various functions on LCFEG's
role in salmon recovery
- Educate various groups about salmon recovery issues
(such as the impacts of non-native plants and fish,
etc.) and use non-regulatory status to educate about
other alternative recovery action such as nutrient
Assist LCFRB, WDFW and NOAA Fisheries in
identifying, prioritizing and implementing the best
possible salmon restoration projects in each watershed:
- Assist LCFRB in establishing criteria for project
identification and evaluation by the TAC.
- Acquire and maintain 10a1a permit authority from
NOAA Fisheries to facilitate time and cost effective
- Maintain quick responsiveness to projects of
- Acquire technical knowledge to increase project
capacity and effectiveness.
- Work collaboratively with other project sponsors in
region · Assist corporations and local governments
with identification and implementation of mitigation
opportunities in local watersheds
- Develop programs with local and State governments to
stockpile materials for projects
Funding for Program Stability
- Focus on program funding through direct grants
(primary) & membership (secondary) rather than
overhead from project grants.
- Locally promote our abilities as a 501 (c) (3)
non-profit (non-governmental, low overhead, leveraging
ability) and permitting authority from NOAA to
generate various program funding opportunities at the
- As program funding increases, hire staffing to
include: project manager, biologist, office manager,
and/or program coordinator.
- Provide adequate technical training and field/office
equipment for staff.
- Develop a list of qualified technical consultants
and/or construction contractors to undertake specific
project and permitting-related actions.
- Develop board structure with wide geographic and
professional representation (including fisheries
science/native plants, engineering, hydrology,
corporate/small business, union, timber owners,
commercial/sport fishers, accounting, academic, tribes
- Encourage board members to: a) assist in outreach
and project-related activities, and b) to participate
in other relevant programs such as the LCFRB, LCREP,
- Develop Standing and Special Committees to be
chaired by individual Board Members
- Develop a Membership Program to include annual dues
from: a) individuals, and b) conservation groups,
local governments, and corporations.
- Hold an Annual Membership Meeting to discuss
relevant issues and update membership (paid and board)
status each year.
and actively support statewide RFEG Coalition.