FY 2012 Policy Coordination and Oversight of Salmon Recovery Efforts in the Skagit River Watershed

Salmonid Restoration Planning and Assessments

Restoration Planning And Coordination
Project ID12-SSIT-01
Recovery DomainsPuget Sound
Start Date07/01/2014
End Date12/30/2014
Last Edited05/08/2024
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The major purpose of this project is to expand tribal capacity to cover salmon recovery issues at the policy and technical level. Policy decision outcomes were the creation of a climate change specialist position. The Climate Change Specialist is funded separately through BIA source. Climate change research and analysis will play a key role for policy decisions to implement recovery. Policy direction was also given to develop a Skagit River specific Steelhead Recovery Plan and Management Plan. Participated in Skagit HGMP updates to meet ESA obligations as a capacity work type. Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe natural resource department implemented its 5 year strategic plan developed w/ FY 2011 funds.

The climate change specialist has been directed to develop research for climate change impacts on salmonids in particular in the Sauk River basin with a focus on chinook. She participates on a climate change subcommittee of the Skagit Steelhead Recovery Team assigned to develop a recovery plan. The climate change specialist is the project lead developing a climate change vulnerability assessment of the Sauk River collaborating through subcontract with University of Washington Climate Change Center (funded through BIA).

The participation, review, and submitting updated Hatchery Genetic Management Plans (HGMP) is an essential Endangered Species Act (ESA) obligation. Hatchery programs not operated correctly could limit the productivity and survival of recovering ESA listed populations. Co-manager intervention is needed through the HGMP process.

Policy oversee funding approval and transfers to SRSC plus strategies to implement the Skagit Chinook Recovery Plan.

Recovery Plan Implementation citations: Shared Strategy Development Committee and National Marine Fisheries Service. 2007. Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan for the Puget Sound Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). Comprised of two documents: 1) Shared Strategy Development Committee, 2005, Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan, Volumes I and II, adopted by the National Marine Fisheries Service on January 19, 2007; and 2) NMFS, 2006, Final Supplement to the Shared Strategys Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan; SRSC and WDFW, 2005, Skagit Chinook Recovery Plan.

Project Benefit    

The expected benefits of the project under each of the two proposed objectives are:

Objective: Policy Development and Refinement
Benefit: Ensure that SSIT provides leadership and representation of Tribal policies vis-à-vis local and regional fish habitat management issues such as habitat preservation and restoration, maintaining sufficient in-stream flows, land use actions/permitting.

Objective 2: Supervise, Direct and Coordinate SSIT and SRSC personnel
Benefit: Improved direction and coordination of all aspects of salmon and watershed management activities. Improved information flow between SSIT and SRSC personnel and the Tribal Council, Hunting & Fishing Committee, and the tribal community at large. Improved coordination between SSIT and SRSC programs and eliminated duplicate efforts.


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Funding Details

Report Total:$172,160

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  • Worksite Identifier: 35605190
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Location Information

  • Basin: Puget Sound (171100)
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  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Puget Sound
  • Latitude: 48.263572
  • Longitude: -121.641642


  • Puget Sound/Strait of Georgia Coho Salmon ESU
  • Pacific Coast Chum Salmon ESU
  • Puget Sound Steelhead DPS
  • Puget Sound Chinook Salmon ESU




  • B.0 Salmonid Restoration Planning and AssessmentsY (Y/N)
    •      . . B.0.a Planning And Assessment Funding 172,160.00
    •      . . B.0.b.1 Area Encompassed 464,480.0
    •      . . B.1 Restoration Planning And CoordinationY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . B.1.a Planning and Coordination funding 172,160.00
      •      . . . . B.1.b.2 Coordination on implementation of a Recovery PlanY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.2.a
          Name of the Recovery Plan Implemented
          Skagit River System Cooperative & Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. 2005. Skagit Chinook Recovery Plan. Submitted to NOAA Fisheries. Seattle, WA. 296 pp. and appendices.
        •      . . . . . . B.1.b.2.b
          Description and scope of the Recovery Plan implemented
          Purpose: -Define biologically-based recovery goals - Identify what is known or assumed about factors that limit production of Skagit River Chinook -Propose scientifically-based actions that will restore Skagit River Chinook to optimum levels, including fisheries management, artificial production, habitat protection, habitat restoration, effectiveness monitoring, and applied research