About Recovery Planning & Implementation Efforts in the Middle Columbia River

Following the listing of Middle Columbia River steelhead, NOAA Fisheries initiated a collaborative process to develop a plan for the species' recovery. The Middle Columbia Recovery Forum consisted of citizens, tribes, and agencies devoted to addressing the biological and environmental factors impeding the population's survival. The Forum includes representatives from the states of Oregon and Washington, including several counties, the Yakama Nation, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Snake River Salmon Recovery Board, Yakima Basin Fish and Wildlife Recovery Board, as well as several federal agencies. The Forum guided development of the Middle Columbia River Steelhead Recovery Plan and NOAA Fisheries adopted the plan in 2009. The plan provides the foundation for restoring Middle Columbia River steelhead to healthy levels and is the foundation for voluntary action. It includes actions that aim to restore degraded tributary habitat, provide fish passage, and limit the effects of predators, among others.

Since the plan's adoption, partners have taken the recovery plan from words to action. Through the work of the Middle Columbia Recovery Forum, the recovery plan is making progress in several key areas, including habitat restoration and improving fish passage for juvenile and adult fish.