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
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
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
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
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.