For more information on habitat issues, please contact the
WDFW Habitat Program.
Phone: 360-902-2534

For more information on WDFW managed lands including wildlife areas, please contact the
WDFW Wildlife Program.
Phone: 360-902-2515


Small Forest Landowners - Family Forest Fish Passage Program (FFFPP) - WDFW is partnering with the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office and the Washington Department of Natural Resources to implement the Family Forest Fish Passage (FFFP) Program. This program is an incentive based program that assists small forest landowners with correcting their fish passage barrier culverts. Since 2003, the FFFPP has opened over 480 miles of stream for salmon to spawn, feed and grow.  For details about the program, visit the Washington Department of Natural Resources’ Small Forest Landowner Office.


WDFW is key to helping others correct fish passage barriers

State Highways – Washington Department of Transportation

WDFW collaborates with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to identify and correct barrier culverts under state highways. This 20-year old partnership has resulted in completion of over 245 fish passage projects in Washington streams following detailed fish passage barrier inventories and the standardized prioritization process. These projects have opened up over 820 miles of potential salmonid habitat. 

Washington State Parks Commission

The Washington State Parks Commission (Parks) has contracted with WDFW to conduct a fish passage inventory and associated habitat assessments on State Park lands, in order to identify and prioritize fish passage barriers for future correction. The inventory focused on fish bearing streams in WRIA’s 1-23.  This effort is a first step to correcting fish passage barriers as part of the overall strategy to recover salmonid populations. The final report can be downloaded here.

Puget Sound Cities and Washington State Counties

In partnership with the Association of Washington Cities (AWC), the Washington State Association of Counties, and the WSDOT’s Highways and Local Programs (HLP), the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) inventoried, assessed, and prioritized fish passage barriers in anadromous waters associated with county roads and city streets in the Puget Sound region. The inventories and associated habitat surveys were conducted utilizing methods described in WDFW’s Fish Passage Barrier and Surface Water Diversion Screening Assessment and Prioritization Manual (WDFW 2009).  These final reports summarize the results of the Puget Sound Cities and Washington State Counties fish passage inventory work completed on June 30, 2015. 

Teanaway Community Forest

In 2013, the state of Washington authorized the purchase of the 50,241-acre (~78.5 sq. mi.) Teanaway Community Forest (TCF) as a means to protect and enhance watersheds, maintain working lands, and conserve and restore vital habitats for fish and wildlife. Lawmakers directed the Washington Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) to manage the property in consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The two agencies formalized a co-management approach in a Deed of Habitat Restoration and Working Lands Easement on the TCF property (Reference: Easement #58-090537, 2013). In June 2015, a management plan was completed for the TCF. One of the goals of the management plan is to conserve and restore vital habitat for native fish species, including spring Chinook and federally-listed steelhead and bull trout. Download final report.

Puget Sound Federal Caucus Agency Lands

In coordination with federal agencies that comprise the Puget Sound Federal Caucus (now Puget Sound Task Force) the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducted a salmon migration barrier assessment on federal lands and assets within the Puget Sound and Washington coast region. The impetus for the assessment was the need to understand the extent that federal lands have barriers to salmon migration which hinders the recovery of vital anadromous salmon species in the region. WDFW personnel provided training to ensure consistency of data collection with other regional assessments and data management support throughout this project. Download final report.