July 23, 2012
Funds available to remove fish passage barriers
Program seeks small forest landowners for up to 100 projects
OLYMPIA – New funding will allow more small forest landowners in Washington to participate in a state program that pays for removing fish passage barriers – usually inadequately placed or with improperly sized culverts ¬– and replacing them with structures that allow fish to migrate upstream. The barriers prevent fish from reaching upstream areas important to their feeding and spawning.
The Family Forest Fish Passage Program has enough funding available to remove approximately 100 additional fish blockages across the state by December 31, 2014. The funding was included in the $1 billion supplemental capital budget passed by the 2012 Legislature and signed into law by Governor Chris Gregoire in late April. It is estimated that the culvert replacement and correction program creates 1.57 full-time jobs for every $100,000 invested in fish passage projects – more than 150 jobs could be created if the program locates and completes 100 projects.
For a structure to be eligible for the program, it must be:
- Associated with a road crossing on forestland
- On a fish-bearing stream
- A barrier to fish passage, and
- Owned by a small forest landowner
Web links to learn more and apply
The online application for forest landowners to arrange an evaluation of their fish passage barriers: www.surveymonkey.com/FFFPP
See photos of complete projects online in DNR’s Flickr collection: www.flickr.com/photos/wastatednr/sets/72157630182912652/
Additional information about the Family Forest Fish Passage Program can be found online at: http://bit.ly/FFFPP
The full web link to the program’s webpage is: www.dnr.wa.gov/BusinessPermits/Topics/SmallForestLandownerOffice/Pages/fp_sflo_fffpp.aspx
Family Forest Fish Passage Program
Created by the legislature to help small forest landowners, the Family Forest Fish Passage Program has corrected 232 barriers, reconnecting 485 miles of fish habitat statewide since 2003. State law requires forestland owners to remove these barriers so that salmon and other fish can migrate and reach food and spawning areas upstream, but the cost of correcting or replacing culverts can be prohibitively high for many small forest landowners.
The Family Forest Fish Passage Program is managed through the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Small Forest Landowner Office. It currently has a list of fish blockages, but is legislatively mandated to fix the “worst first.” Consequently, the program seeks projects that give the most benefit to fish and their habitat.
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