James Fletcher Healy – A Journey Too Short

The salmon recovery world lost one of its greatest champions Monday, March 5, 2018. James Fletcher Healy had just come to work as a science program manager with the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board (UCSRB) in November, after nine years at Wild Fish Conservancy. His strong analytical skills, coupled with a keen awareness of the delicate balance between science and policy, was a perfect addition to our team. Understanding that science points us to “true north” while policy guides the path of salmon restoration, James was to play a key role in making science and data more readily accessible to inform regional recovery efforts. James warmth, emotional intelligence and centeredness made him a rare and treasured colleague. The void he has left in the salmon world, in our office and in our hearts, is immense. Our deepest sympathy goes to his family.


Collaborating and Implementing

Healthy forests, healthy rivers and healthy communities. These are the lifeblood of North Central Washington. Since 1999, the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board (UCSRB) has been the forum for local collaboration to understand and address the complexities that our communities face in the wake of three federally listed salmonids (spring Chinook salmon, steelhead and bull trout). We help our communities understand how the efforts to meet regional recovery goals balance the needs of the economy, salmon and the communities.

The UCSRB’s regional approach efficiently integrates local, state and federal programs, identifies where recovery opportunities exist, and coordinates habitat, hatchery, harvest, and hydropower components as they relate to on-going recovery. The UCSRB also engages in a conversation on the role of a healthy forest in creating healthy rivers and healthy communities. Facilitating active conversations in these forums, the UCSRB is able to inform organizations, governments, tribes, industry, and other interests of our collective progress.

The UCSRB is a non-profit corporation of WA State, recognized as a 501(c)(3). The UCSRB fosters collaboration and cooperation among participating stakeholders, or those who are simply interested in river and forest restoration activities in the Upper Columbia region.

Consider a tax-deductible contribution to facilitate on-going partnership through our regional collaborative framework.


Our Mission

To restore viable and sustainable populations of salmon, steelhead and other at-risk species through collaborative, economically sensitive efforts, combined resources, and wise resource management of the Upper Columbia region.