model watershed program partners

Clearwater Resource Council

Clearwater River, MT

Recognizing both the ecological value and natural resource-related challenges facing their watershed, the Clearwater Resource Council (CRC) is pursuing a vision of watershed-scale restoration. At the center of this vision is a commitment to facilitate collaboration and coordinate activities that span both terrestrial and aquatic systems, and to engage multiple public- and private-land owners. BEF has helped CRC realize this vision.

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Coeur d’Alene Tribe

Benewah Creek, ID

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s early efforts to restore Benewah Creek included large-scale, on-the-ground restoration projects designed to improve habitat for native cutthroat trout. However, over time Tribal biologists realized that their ability to monitor the effect of these efforts was insufficient to inform future restoration management decisions.

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Coos Watershed Association

Coos Bay, OR

The Coos is one of the most diverse watersheds on the Oregon coast—comprised of 390,000 acres of estuary, uplands and urban areas. The Coos Watershed Association is an exemplary Model Watershed Program partner: with a commitment to build meaningful community engagement, to implement and monitor their work, existing strong organizational capacity to plan, and a willingness to use innovative approaches to maximize results help ensure their continued success.

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Entiat Watershed Planning Unit

Entiat River, WA

Building on strong community support, the Entiat Watershed Planning Unit has worked since 1998 to develop and implement a multi-decade restoration strategy to improve water quality, habitat and native fish populations in central Washington’s Entiat River.

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Friends of the Teton River

Teton River, ID/WY

The Teton River’s watershed drains a mountainous area spanning portions of eastern Idaho and western Wyoming. While human residents occupy much of the lower valley, the upper watershed is home to iconic species such as grizzly bear and Yellowstone cutthroat trout. The Friends of the Teton River’s vision is to work collaboratively with their community and partners to build an ecologically and economically healthy watershed.

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Kootenai Tribe of Idaho

Lower Kootenai River, ID

Originating in British Columbia, Canada, the Kootenai River flows into northwest Montana and through northern Idaho before returning to B.C. Throughout the past century, the cumulative effect of continually increasing human land use pressures, including agriculture, logging, mining and flood control, has produced landscape-scale changes throughout the lower Kootenai River and its tributary streams. With several Kootenai River fish species in danger of extinction, the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho set out to develop a program to recover native fish by rehabilitating and protecting the watershed ecosystems in Idaho’s lower Kootenai River valley.

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Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation

Methow River, WA

A tributary of the upper Columbia River, the Methow River drains a 1.1 million acre watershed on the eastern slopes of the North Cascades in north-central Washington. The Methow watershed historically supported prolific runs of Chinook and coho salmon, summer steelhead, Pacific lamprey as well as cutthroat, redband and bull trout. However, these native fish populations have experienced considerable declines from their once abundant numbers.

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Upper Deschutes Watershed Council

Upper Deschutes River, OR

Oregon’s Deschutes River is one of the West’s most iconic rivers. Increasing demands on the river over the past 100 years have had significant impacts on habitat, water quality and native species. To restore healthy salmon and trout populations, the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, the Deschutes Basin Land Trust and the Deschutes River Conservancy partnered to address the highest priority ecological needs across several Deschutes basin tributaries.

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