Funding is awarded every 2 years and comes from the sale of state bonds.
There are no minimum or maximum grant requests in this program.
A cost-share is required if a harvest has occurred in the 3 years before project funding.
Who May Apply?
A small forest landowner: You harvest less than 2 million board feet of timber each year from lands you own in Washington.
The culvert is on forestland and associated with a road: The land is capable of supporting a merchantable stand of timber and is not being used for anything incompatible with growing timber.
The structure is on a fish-bearing stream.
- Landowner submits an application by mail or online. The Department of Natural Resources will determine landowner eligibility.
- If eligible, a field technician will contact you to make a site visit to assess the crossing to determine if it is a barrier.
- The state team prioritizes the culverts or other barriers with the highest benefit to fish habitat, and fixes the worst first.
- The state program assigns a project sponsor to work with the landowner. The sponsor will manage all aspects of the project including engineering, permits, contractors, and accounts. In some cases, landowners may sponsor their own project.
Visit the Washington Department of Natural Resources’ Family Forest Fish Passage Program Web page for more details.