"When I look at a salmon, I don't just see a silver fish, I see the Northwest."

Jim Lichatowich, Salmon Without Rivers

“The mission of the Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group is to promote recovery of self sustaining, naturally spawning salmonid populations and healthy aquatic ecosystems. We do this by restoring river and stream habitat, providing nutrients for juvenile fish growth, and engaging the community in hands-on salmon stewardship and education.”


The "4 H's" of salmon recovery are hydro, harvest, habitat, and hatcheries. Here at LCFEG we focus on the habitat dimension. We work in Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties in southwest Washington. We currently have projects in the North Fork Lewis, South Fork Toutle, Kalama, Coweeman, Washougal, and Grays River watersheds! 

Our projects include many aspects of habitat restoration, from planting native trees to removing fish passage barriers to anchoring large wood. The ultimate goal of all our habitat projects is to increase productivity of wild salmon and steelhead and contribute to their recovery.


The Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit salmon recovery organization founded in 1991. Working within specific watersheds throughout Clark, Skamania, Wahkiakum, and Cowlitz Counties, we successfully leverage public funding through landowner partnerships and collaboration with individuals, groups, corporations, tribes, foundations and agencies.  

Base funding for the RFEG program comes from a grant from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, a portion of state commercial and recreational fishing license fees, and excess egg and carcass sales administered by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.

OUR PARTNERS include Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board, Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Department of Ecology, National Fish Habitat Partnership, Columbia Springs, Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, Clark Public Utilities, Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Clark Skamania Flyfishers, Weyerhaeuser, Kalama Sportsman's Club, Hudson's Bay High School, Toutle Lake High School, Camas High School, Cascade Forest Conservancy, Northwest Wild Fish Rescue, Regional Fisheries Coalition, and many private landowners. 


12404 SE Evergreen Highway
Vancouver, WA  98683
(360) 882-6671

Lcfegdirector (at) outlook.com


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