In 1999, the Washington State Legislature created the Salmon Recovery Funding Board. The board provides grants to protect or restore salmon habitat and assist related activities.

Composed of five citizens appointed by the Governor, and five state agency directors, the board brings together the experiences and viewpoints of citizens and the major state natural resource agencies.

Salmon Recovery Funding Board Mission

The board provides funding for elements necessary to achieve overall salmon recovery, including habitat projects and other activities that result in sustainable and measurable benefits for salmon and other fish species.


  • Fund the best possible salmon recovery activities and projects through a fair process that considers science, community values and priorities, and coordination of efforts.
  • Be accountable for board investments by promoting public oversight, effective projects, and actions that result in the economical and efficient use of resources.
  • Build understanding, acceptance, and support of salmon recovery efforts.