White Salmon River Conservation Assessment 2021

Salmonid Restoration Planning and Assessments

Salmonid Habitat Assessment / Inventory
Project ID21-1244 P
Recovery DomainsWillamette and Interior Columbia
Start Date09/23/2021
End Date12/23/2023
Last Edited04/19/2022
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This project will explore acquisition/easement options and develop a conservation strategy supported by the landowner and community along the former Northwestern Lake Reservoir reach of the White Salmon River above the former site of Condit Dam. Underwood Conservation District will compile and evaluate information needed to take steps essential to recruiting a long-term conservation owner. Potential acquisition could consist of up to 200 acres of land along approximately 5 miles of White Salmon River and tributary shorelines. This section of the river and its tributaries Mill Creek and Buck Creek provide habitat for anadromous and residential fish species that now spawn, rear, and migrate through this corridor since the removal of Condit Dam in 2011-2012. The Cabin Owners of Northwestern Lake Association (CONLA) has a right of first refusal on the cabin lands, and the US Forest Service is actively working to purchase approximately 5 acres at Northwestern Park, but the future of nearly 200 remaining acres is unknown. We will help define options for conservation of these shorelines, taking steps to plan for a future conservation acquisition phase, while cabin owners support their own work to meet their goals of creating an option for private ownership of the land under each cabin. PacifiCorp has not publicly announced plans to sell its property, but this could occur anytime, and the shorelines must be addressed parallel to CONLAs work.  The timing of this proposal is critical.

Project Benefit    

The primary goal of this proposal is to explore conservation options and develop an acquisition strategy to achieve long-term protection of shoreline habitat, beneficially affecting habitat and all life stages of threatened and endangered anadromous fish species, as well as high priority residential fish species in the lower White Salmon River watershed. This goal can be achieved by completing necessary steps ahead of an offer for purchase to PacifiCorp.
This goal can be accomplished by completing the steps outlined in questions #4 and #5, developing a strategy to purchase or put under conservation easement as much of this property as possible, providing long-term stewardship, enhancement and protection of habitat for threatened and endangered Chinook, Coho, and Steelhead, Bull trout, Searun Cutthroat and Lamprey. The project reach, from the site of former Condit Dam upstream to Buck Creek, provides some spawning habitat, but is critical for migrating and rearing fish who pass through this area to/from smaller tributary habitat upstream.


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Funding Details

In-Kind Volunteers$11,000
Report Total:$86,246

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1-White Salmon River corridor    

  • Worksite Identifier: 1-White Salmon River corridor
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Location Information

  • Basin: Middle Columbia
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  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Willamette and Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 45.77775917
  • Longitude: -121.52201788


  • Lower Columbia River Coho Salmon ESU
  • Middle Columbia River Steelhead DPS
  • Un-Named ESU Chinook
  • Lower Columbia River Chinook Salmon ESU




  • B.0 Salmonid Restoration Planning and AssessmentsY (Y/N)
    •      . . B.0.a Planning And Assessment Funding
    •      . . B.0.b.1 Area Encompassed
    •      . . B.0.b.2 Stream Miles Affected
    •      . . B.2 Salmonid Habitat Assessment / InventoryY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . B.2.a Habitat Assessment Funding
      •      . . . . B.2.b.1 Watershed AssessmentY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . B.2.b.2
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