Message from Tami Miketa, Manager of the SFLO

Do you have roads with stream crossings on your forestland?

The DNR Family Forest Fish Passage Program is looking for additional quality projects to help restore fish access to upstream habitat.

At the end of this year’s legislative session, Governor Chris Gregoire signed a supplemental capital budget that invests more than $1 billion in family wage construction jobs across the state. Combined with the state’s supplemental transportation budget tens of thousands of jobs will be created. The capital budget includes significant enhancements to our vital sectors – education, economic development, housing and weatherization enhancements, sustainable energy improvements, natural resource preservation and local government infrastructure enhancements.”Jobs are the way out of this recession,” Gregoire said. “I’m proud to sign a package that makes our state stronger, and invests in Washington’s future.”

The Family Forest Fish Passage program received additional funding from the supplemental capital budget to remove approximately 100 additional fish blockages across the state. The Family Forest Fish Passage Program creates 1.57 full time jobs for every $100,000 invested in fish passage projects. These projects benefit rural communities and improve the habitat and passage of fish.

The program began in 2003, and to date, 232 barriers have been corrected, reconnecting 485 miles of fish habitat statewide. The program was created to assist small forest landowners with removing and replacing fish passage barriers to help protect fish and achieve the goals of the forests and fish report. The Family Forest Fish Passage Program currently has a list of fish blockages, but is legislatively mandated to fix the “worst first”. Consequently the program is looking for projects that give the most benefit to fish and their habitat.

The Family Forest Fish Passage Program is implemented by a partnership of three state agencies: Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Recreation and Conservation Office.

For a structure to be eligible for the program it must be:

  • on forestland,
  • on a fish-bearing stream,
  • a barrier to fish passage,
  • owned by a small forest landowner, and
  • associated with a road crossing

Apply today!

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contact Rick Kuykendall at 360-902-1404 or

 The Family Forest Fish Passage Program wants you to apply to have your culvert evaluated!