1.Present Operations

While the Task Force functions in a variety of capacities, its main focus involves functioning as a funding agency, coordinating technical resources and providing public education.

View the 2010 Projects HERE

 

2.Organization

The Chehalis Basin Task Force is a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation.

Meet the Board HERE

 

View the 2009 Projects HERE

3.Accomplishments

Click below for more information about the many accomplishments of the Chehalis Basin Fisheries Task Force

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Our Present Operations

While the Task Force functions in a variety of capacities, its main focus involves functioning as a funding agency, coordinating technical resources and providing public education.

Funding Agency

 

The Task Force grants funding to projects that assist in the accomplishment of Task Force enhancement goals and promote its mission.  Projects in search of funding may request a funding application and a copy of the Task Force project evaluation criteria.  Applications are accepted prior to January 1st of each year.  Project funding is allocated on a cash reimbursement basis from January 1st through December 31st each year.

Technical Resource

 

Another function provided by the Task Force is that of technical assistance.  Projects participants can receive support in coordinating with government agencies, facility design, permit acquisition, stock selection, coordinated facility operation equipment, and volunteer management, among other resources.

 

Our Organizational Structure

The Chehalis Basin Task Force is a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation.  Operations are governed by twenty member (maximum) Board of Directors.  These community leaders represent a broad range of fisheries interests including commercial and sport fishing enterprises, Tribes, Government agencies, private and public organizations and community members.  The Board of Directors oversees the operations of the Task Force, determines direction and policy, evaluates projects for funding, seeks out future funding sources and conducts the business of the corporation.  The Board has three active committees cover administration and finance, projects and evaluations, and public information.  Each committee is responsible for implementing the strategies outlined in this plan, identifying the need for new goals and strategies, evaluating regular Board business, and reporting findings to the Board for consideration.

Core staff consists of one area project coordinator and one administrative director.  Since the volume of work outlined by this plan could never be accomplished by such a small paid staff; the organization enables multiple volunteers to carry out projects which mesh with this Action Pan.  The Task Force believes the community can make a significant impact of fisheries resources.  With community members working together the Chehalis Basin can reach its potential for fisheries production and can stimulate changes that will benefit every aspect of our Basin communities

Meet the Board of Directors HERE

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Accomplishments

  • Long Live the Kings:  Mayr Brothers Hatchery was purchased by the Washington Department of Fisheries (WDF) as a foundation for Long Live the Kings projects, a pioneering effort charged with restoring native Chinook salmon runs on the Wishkah River. (see Long Live The Kings)
  • The Coho Survival Study by WDF explores possible causes of low Coho Smolt survival as they out-migrate through Grays Harbor.
  • Satsop Springs:  This WDF rearing pond was a closed facility and not stated for further production. With the assistance of the Task Force, Grays Harbor Trout Unlimited, Grays Harbor Poggie Club, and the Elma Game Club acquired the use of this facility and have since turned in into a model enhancement effort

  • The Chehalis Restoration Act allocated federal funds for the development of restoration plans within the Chehalis River system. Two members of the Task Force Board of Directors share a position on the Chehalis Restoration Act Advisory Committee. These funds are federally administered by US Department of Fish and Wildlife (USF&W)

  • State Regional Enhancement Groups were created in 1990 by the Washington State Legislature. Twelve (12) enhancement groups were established throughout the state and modeled after the CBFTF. These groups are making rapid progress in volunteer enhancement efforts in their regions
  • The Conservationist of the Year Award was presented to the Task Force Board of Directors for the dedication to the preservation of the environment and of all fish and wildlife by the Northwest Steelhead and Salmon Council in 2000.