Base funding for the RFEG program comes from a grant from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s 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.
Support through volunteerism, individual donations, and in-kind contributions from community members and businesses are essential to the success of each RFEG. RFEGs also obtain grants for projects from other government and private entities.
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What our supporters are saying
RFEG contributions to the salmon recovery effort in Washington State have been immense. It is imperative that we increase support for RFEGs so that they can do more of their outstanding habitat restoration and public education work in order to fully recover our iconic salmon, steelhead and bull trout populations in Washington State.Jeff Davis, Deputy Director, WDFW Habitat Program
RFEGs are salmon’s on-the-ground advocate and a smart public investment because they leverage every dollar efficiently through community support. RFEGs mobilize landowners, scientists, agencies, funders, citizens, tribes, and neighbors to work together toward a common goal: restoring precious salmon habitat. The return the state gets on this investment is significant and incredibly efficient.Mike Hewitt, Senator, District 16
Salmon are part of our culture and economy in Washington state. That’s why I am fighting to protect and restore healthy salmon populations to benefit our waters and quality jobs in our region. The Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups have been a key partner in bringing folks together to make sure our salmon will still be around for future generations.Derek Kilmer, U.S. Representative, Washington’s 6th Congressional District
For 25 years, our Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group program has protected and rebuilt our salmon habitats. This is often painstaking work, everything from extensive water assessments, to counting the salmon that return to spawn, to clearing passage in streams. These dedicated volunteers and stakeholders involved in the coalition have rolled up their sleeves to create a healthy and survivable environment for our treasured salmon, and are doing their part to preserve an important and special element of life in the Pacific Northwest.Denny Heck, U.S. Representative, Washington’s 10th Congressional District
RFEGs are critical to how we implement salmon recovery projects in Washington. They bring together agencies, tribes, landowners, scientists, and others to make sure the best projects are funded. Without RFEGs, we’d have a much harder time getting restoration projects off the ground.Kaleen Cottingham, Director, WA Recreation & Conservation Office
Much of the critically important work to improve habitat for threatened salmon is done at the local level, through the Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups. This is where the real progress is taking place.Norm Dicks, Former U.S. Representative