The Family Forest Fish Passage Program (FFFPP) assists private forestland owners in removing culverts and other stream crossing structures that prevent ESA listed salmonids from migrating upstream. Through the management of the Department of Natural Resources Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office some 376 landowners have taken advantage of the program to remove 433 barriers since 2003.
This project removed four undersized and ill-angled culverts, which were a barrier to fish passage due to the high velocity of water running through them. These culverts were replaced with one 16′ wide, 8′ high and 20′ long concrete box culvert that improved the spawning and rearing habitat for coho, olympic mudminnow and both cutthroat and steelhead trout for up to 5.14 miles upstream.
Salmon Creek, a tributary to the Black River in the Chehalis Watershed
The goal of this project was to remove the existing fish passage barrier and replace it with a fish passable structure that will allow unimpeded movement upstream to newly opened spawning and rearing habitat by aquatic species.
Primary Habitats Impacted By Project:
Managing Agency/ Organization:
Riparian Stream Channels
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office
Budget or Project Cost:
Family Forest Fish Passage Grants
Landowner Ron Hoffman