Washington Salmon Coalition
The mission of the Washington Salmon Coalition is to support and strengthen the 25 lead entities in Washington State in their endeavor to restore, enhance, and protect salmonids and their habitats in a scientifically-sound manner that engages local communities and supports our economy.
This group was constituted to advise the Department of Fish and Wildlife on salmon recovery policy issues. Originally called the Lead Entity Advisory Group (LEAG), the Washington Salmon Coalition evolved mainly to support the Lead Entity Program by serving as a forum for discussing issues and improving communication with the Salmon Recovery Funding Board, RCO, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office, other state agencies, the Council of Salmon Recovery Regions, and other interested groups. Education and coordination are a central focus. In December 2013, the group changed its name to the Washington Salmon Coalition. The roles of lead entities and of the Washington Salmon Coalition should evolve with the needs of salmon recovery and the changing landscape of Washington State’s economy.
The Washington Salmon Coalition seeks to effectively communicate as a unified voice representing the interests of lead entities and their communities statewide with our partners, provide a communication forum for discussing emerging lead entity issues, and develop strategies for addressing these topics.
The Washington Salmon Coalition seeks to foster relationships and share best practices amongst colleagues and provide educational opportunities for the 25 lead entities in Washington State.
The Washington Salmon Coalition communicates as a collective voice that salmon recovery the “Washington Way” is yielding statewide results. The coalition has the following goals; specific objectives can be found in Appendix A of the Washington Salmon Coalition Mission, Structure, and Action Plan.
- Develop strategies to improve long-term stability of lead entities, the Washington Salmon Coalition, and salmon recovery funding.
- Periodically review and reaffirm the Washington Salmon Coalition’s identity and strategies.
- Encourage lead entity consensus on priority recommendations and communicate in a unified manner.
- Facilitate the interchange of information, relationship building, and mentoring amongst lead entities.
- Support professional development and training opportunities.
- Utilize Habitat Work Schedule as an effective reporting and communication tool.
- Actively advise the Salmon Recovery Funding Board on local salmon recovery and lead entity issues.
- Promote the Lead Entity Program as the local, scientifically-based program for developing salmon habitat projects that fit within local community values.
- Increase lead entity efficacy and profile by engaging at regional, state, and national levels.
- Washington Salmon Coalition Mission, Structure, and Action Plan
- Community Based Salmon Restoration Works fact sheet
- Lead Entity Directory
- Lead Entity Reference Guide
- Washington Salmon Coalition Advocacy Handbook: A Guide for Communicating with Lawmakers
- State of Salmon in Watersheds Web story map on lead entities