There are currently three main programs at the UCSRB that together focus on the health of our forests and our progress in recovery through the use and synthesis of the best available science. The UCSRB believes that healthy forests and healthy rivers are inextricably linked to healthy communities. The effective management of North Central Washington’s natural resources will create a lasting legacy of aesthetic, economic and cultural values.
The UCSRB works with partners to facilitate implementation of salmon habitat restoration and protection projects that are consistent with the Upper Columbia Spring Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Plan. The UCSRB also coordinates with entities working in those sectors outside of habitat (i.e. hatchery, harvest and hydropower) to report progress toward program goals that similarly contribute to recovery.
Science is the foundation of understanding. The UCSRB works with both natural and social science to understand the biological, physical and societal implications of ongoing river restoration efforts. Through our science program, the UCSRB tracks progress toward recovery goals through integrated recovery reporting, and by providing ongoing synthesis of the best available technical information that guides effective implementation. This science feeds into an adaptive process that enables us to learn by doing through continued evaluation.
The Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest comprises 70% of the combined land base in Okanogan and Chelan counties. Most of our snowpack dominated streams originate on National Forest managed lands. Additionally, many of the listed bull trout populations reside on National Forest managed lands. Through the forest health program, the UCSRB facilitates a collaborative approach to accelerating the footprint and pace of restoration across these lands in North Central Washington. An effective management approach that includes active restoration of forest lands has important implications for surrounding communities, regional economics, and the aquatic systems that originate in and wind through these lands.