The RFEGs have a common goal of restoring salmon populations and habitat in their regions, relying on support from local communities. The RFEGs create dynamic partnerships with local, state and federal agencies; Native American Tribes; local businesses; and landowners. Through these collaborative efforts, RFEGs help lead their communities in successful restoration, education and monitoring projects.
In 1990, the Washington State Legislature created the non-profit Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group Program to involve local communities, citizen volunteers, and landowners in the state’s salmon enhancement efforts. Each RFEG works within a specific geographic region based on watershed boundaries (see map). Every group is a separate, private nonprofit organization led by their own board of directors and supported by their memberships.
Partial funding for the RFEG program comes from a portion of commercial and recreational fishing license fees, administered by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The RFEGs also obtain many individual grants from public and private entities. Individual donations and in-kind contributions from local community members and businesses are also essential to the success of each RFEG.
Volunteers with the RFEG program can learn about salmon habitat, plant trees, count returning salmon, perform habitat assessments, conduct water quality monitoring, teach others about salmon habitat, and much more. If you would like to learn more about how you can help salmon through the RFEG program please contact the RFEG in your community.