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Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board Press Release 10/5/2020For more information contact: Nicole Jordan (360) 319-1365

Wenatchee, WA – The Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board (UCSRB) is honored to award Paul Ward, long-time UCSRB Director and Yakama Nation Fisheries Manager, with the Esther Stefaniw Memorial Award. This award is reserved for those who make substantial contributions to restoring salmon and steelhead in the Upper Columbia region.

Paul served as a UCSRB Director for two decades, working to build meaningful, lasting relationships with diverse partners and to find solutions that worked for all parties. He understood, as did then Chelan County Commissioner Esther Stefaniw, that a solid foundation of collaboration between stakeholders would be critical to the long journey of salmon recovery. He navigated many challenging issues over the years, with a keen ability to find consensus among partners. And his innovative thinking launched many important initiatives including the North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative.

In Paul’s tenure at UCSRB, he mentored many individuals who will continue to champion the “Washington Way” of salmon recovery—voluntary implementation, strong tribal and local leadership and partnerships among all stakeholders, from the landowners to the U.S. Legislature.

We wish Paul well in his new role as the Intergovernmental Affairs Director of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and look forward to our continued work with him in that capacity. For more information on the UCSRB and the Upper Columbia Spring Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Plan, visit

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