How Lead Entities Work
Each lead entity develops a salmon habitat restoration strategy to guide its selection of projects. The strategy:
- Prioritizes geographic areas and types of restoration and protection actions
- Identifies the needs of salmon
- Identifies social, economic, and cultural factors that might affect salmon recovery.
Lead entities recruit grant applicants, who use regional recovery plans or lead entity strategies to develop projects. Grant applicants typically are regional fisheries enhancement groups, conservation districts, local governments, tribes, state agencies, community groups, land trusts, and others. Project applicants fill out applications and submit them to lead entities for consideration. Lead entities’ technical and citizens committees evaluate and prioritize the projects. Learn more about the Salmon Recovery Funding Board grant process in Manual 18: Salmon Recovery Grants
Habitat Work Schedule
Most lead entities use Habitat Work Schedule, an online database, as a planning and scheduling tool for implementing salmon recovery plans. The Habitat Work Schedule provides information about salmon recovery actions and goals at multiple scales. The Habitat Work Schedule facilitates a cohesive approach to tracking, prioritizing, and sequencing actions to recover salmon. The Habitat Work Schedule makes it easy for project implementers and the public to see how projects relate to each other, what needs to be done next for the fish and the habitat, who to contact with questions, and how progress is being made to address factors limiting salmon recovery.
Lead Entity Technical Committees: The technical committee, made up of local experts knowledgeable about the watershed, habitat, and fish conditions, evaluates projects on their technical merits, benefits to salmon, and the certainty that the benefits will occur. The technical committee submits its evaluations of projects to the citizens committee.
Lead Entity Citizens Committees: The citizens committee may include representatives of counties, cities, conservation districts, tribes, environmental groups, business interests, landowners, citizens, volunteer groups, regional fish enhancement groups, and other habitat interests. The citizens committee ensures that projects have community support to ensure success. Citizens committee members often are the best judges of the community’s social, cultural, and economic values. The citizens committee ranks the projects and submits them through the lead entity or recovery region to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board for funding consideration.
How Lead Entities are Funded
Lead entities are funded by the Washington State Legislature and the federal government through the Salmon Recovery Funding Board. Contracts distributing funding are administered by the Recreation and Conservation Office. Lead entities also receive funding from other organizations.