Salmon and steelhead require a variety of habitat for spawning, rearing, and completing their migration to and from saltwater.
Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups (RFEGs) utilize local salmon recovery plans and priorities to implement a wide variety of habitat restoration activities that support the entire ecosystem salmon and steelhead need to complete their journey.
These activities include protecting and restoring in-stream habitat diversity, planting native vegetation and removing invasive species in riparian areas, improving water quality, reconnecting floodplains, and restoring nearshore habitats that are important for refuge, food, and passage to the sea.
HIGHLIGHT AREA: Fish Passage
The ability of salmon and steelhead to swim upstream to their traditional spawning grounds is vital to salmon recovery across Washington. RFEGs are an important link to the community and working with landowners to remove fish passage barriers and opening miles of habitat.