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Using Partnership and Prioritization to Achieve Whole Watershed Restoration in the Pacific Northwest

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Title Using Partnership and Prioritization to Achieve Whole Watershed Restoration in the Pacific Northwest
Names Senkyr, Lauren
Grant, Megan Callahan
Date Issued 2011-05-24 (iso8601)
Note Presented at The Oregon Water Conference, May 24-25, 2011, Corvallis, OR.
Abstract The goal of the Whole Watershed Restoration Initiative (WWRI) is to restore natural functions of whole watersheds in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, while amplifying community-based partnerships focused on the strategic restoration of Pacific salmon and steelhead ecosystems. The WWRI partners (Ecotrust, NOAA Restoration Center, the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Region, and Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board) are shifting the project selection and funding paradigm within our region from opportunistic to strategic by identifying "priority basins" and "focus watersheds" that represent shared regional priorities. Partnership funds are targeted to these areas in order to produce meaningful, measurable progress toward whole watershed restoration and salmon recovery. The collaborative identification of priorities is based on the convergence of several prioritization approaches: 1) Ecotrust's Conservation Opportunity Area modeling tool; 2) the Forest Service's Aquatic Restoration Strategies; and 3) NOAA-approved salmon recovery plans. Overlain together this prioritization approach identified 9 priority basins containing 28 focus watersheds throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. In the past 3 years the WWRI has provided over $5 million to 80 salmon and watershed restoration projects in the area. The proposed poster will focus on the technical framework for identifying priority basins and focus watersheds, and on the partnership's approach to measuring progress toward completion of major restoration priorities on a watershed scale.
Genre Presentation
Topic Whole Watershed Restoration Initiative (WWRI)

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