Get to Know Us

Where We Work

From Cape Flattery in the North to Cape Disapointment in the South, including all waters that drain directly into the Pacific Ocean, the Washington Coast Salmon Recovery Region  spans nearly 4 million acres. Our coastal rivers produce the most abundant and diverse wild Pacific salmon populations in the continugous United States, and are home for 50% of Washington State’s strongest unlisted runs.

Our Mission

To protect some of the last best salmon and steelhead populations in the contiguous United States and to restore the rest.

Our Vision

All watersheds in the Washington Coast Region contain healthy, diverse and self-sustaining populations of salmon, maintained by healthy habitats and ecosystems, which also support the ecological, cultural, social, and economic needs of human communities.

Regional Sustainable Salmon Plan

In 2013, we completed the Washington Coast Sustainable Salmon Plan to guide our work in the coming years. A copy of that plan is available here.

Our Lead Entities

Quinault Indian Nation Lead Entity

The Quinault Indian Nation Lead Entity coordinates salmon habitat restoration in Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 21, which runs along the Pacific Coast of the Olympic Peninsula and encompasses 755,674 acres. The area includes the Copalis, Clearwater, Moclips, Queets, Quinault, and Raft river watersheds as well as a dozen smaller tributaries.

North Pacific Coast Lead Entity

The North Pacific Coast Lead Entity is comprised of Watershed Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 20. The area encompasses 935,250 acres that drain into the Pacific Ocean and more than 80 miles of coastline from Cape Flattery south to the Steamboat Creek drainage of the Hoh River basin.

Chehalis Basin Lead Entity

The Chehalis Basin Lead Entity is comprised of Watershed Resource Inventory Areas (WRIA) 22 and 23. The Chehalis Reiver basin is the second largest watershed in the state. Within the 2,600 square miles that make up the basin, there are more than 3,300 miles of rivers and streams. The Chehalis River starts in the Willapa Hills and flows downstream to the Grays Harbor estuary and the Pacific Ocean

Willapa Bay Lead Entity

The Willapa Bay Lead Entity’s encompasses Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 24. It’s primary watershed is the Willapa basin, which covers more than 1,000 square miles and includes the Willapa Bay Estuary with over 270 miles of shoreline. In total, there are roughly 745 streams encompassing over 1,470 linear stream miles in the basin.

Our Board of Directors

We are led by a dedicated Board of Directors with representation from each of the four Lead Entities. The Citizen Committees for each Lead Entity is comprised of representatives from the following organizations:

North Pacific Coast Lead Entity

  • Citizens
  • Makah Tribe
  • Quileute Tribe
  • Hoh Tribe
  • Clallam County
  • Jefferson County
  • City of Forks
  • Pacific Coast Salmon Coalition

Quinault Indian Nation Lead Entity

  •  Quinault Indian Nation Land and Natural Resources Committee

Chehalis Basin Lead Entity

  • Basin Citizens
  • Chehalis Tribe
  • Quinault Indian Nation
  • Lewis County Conservation District
  • Grays Harbor Conservation District
  • Mason Conservation District
  • Chehalis River Basin Land Trust
  • Wild Fish Conservancy
  • Chehalis Basin Fisheries Task Force
  • Creekside Conservancy
  • Grays Harbor County
  • Lewis County
  • Thurston County
  • Chehalis River Council

Willapa Bay Lead Entity

  • Basin Citizens
  • Pacific Conservation District
  • Pacific County
  • City of Ilwaco
  • Chinook Tribe
  • Coast Oyster
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Willapa Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group
  • Pacific County Anglers

Our Staff

Mara Zimmerman

Executive Director

Dr. Zimmerman joined the Coast Salmon Partnership in January of 2019. Her career has been dedicated to the study and conservation of fish and their habitats.  She holds a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Michigan and has previously worked in natural resource management in North Carolina, Michigan, and Washington states. At the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Mara worked to bring the best available science to large-scale habitat restoration projects, fisheries management, and salmon monitoring programs throughout western Washington. She feels very fortunate to focus on the fishes and rivers of the Washington coast and enjoys working with local partners towards a future of sustainable and healthy salmon. Outside of work, she returns to the rivers and mountains where she enjoys fishing, hiking, backpacking, and photography.

mara@coastsalmonpartnership.org
360.764.6728

Ned Pittman

Program Director

Ned Pittman joined the Coast Salmon Partnership in May 2019. Born and raised in Washington State, he has a deep connection with the landscape, the people, and the fish and wildlife that makes this place so special. He holds both a BS (2000) and MES (2018) from the Evergreen State College with focus on salmonid ecology, fluvial geomorphology, and restoration ecology. As a field biologist at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for the past 19 years, Ned coordinated/led stream habitat and restoration project monitoring efforts for much of that time. When not working, he enjoys a variety of outdoor activities and spending time with his partner and their four dogs.

 

ned@coastsalmonpartnership.org

360.791.6191

Christa Bale

Administrative Assistant

Christa Bale joined the Coast Salmon Partnership in April of 2019. Being a lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, she has a deep apprecation for the beauty of our coastal mountains, forests, and watersheds.  Christa earned a degree in Computer Technology from Grays Harbor College and has experience working in the technical support field. In her spare time, she enjoys boating and canoeing, working in her garden, and spending time outdoors with family and friends.

christa@coastsalmonpartnership.org

360.532.9113

Research Affiliates

Olympic Natural Resources Center, University of Washington

Richard W. Osborne, PhD.

Consulting Research Coordinator

Rich Osborne is currently the Aquatic Program Manager with the University of Washington Olympic Natural Resources Center in Forks. In that role he also serves as the Consulting Research Coordinator for the Coast Salmon Partnership, and the Coordinator of the Olympic Region Harmful Algae Bloom Monitoring Partnership (ORHAB).

Prior to moving with his family to Joyce on the Olympic Peninsula in 2007, Rich was the Research Curator at The Whale Museum in Friday Harbor (1981-2003), and it’s Executive Director (2004-2006).  During his thirty years living in the San Juan Islands, Rich primarily studied orca behavior and acoustics and helped pioneer the Orca Adoption Program, the Soundwatch Boater Education Program, and coordinate the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network.  From 2002 to 2006 Rich also served as a Lecturer and Independent Investigator at the UW Friday Harbor Labs.  

Rich received his bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College, his master’s from Western Washington University, and his PhD in Physical Geography and Resource Management from the University of Victoria where his thesis focused on the historical ecology and management of the Southern Resident Orca population.

Outside of work Rich enjoys kayaking, hiking and tinkering on their 10 ¼ acre homestead.

osborner@uw.edu
360.301.2175

Rebekkah Brooks

Consulting HWS Technician

Kimberly Clark

Consulting Research Technician

Keven Bennett

Consulting GIS Analyst

Employment

The Coast Salmon Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Washington State with programmatic activities on the outer Washington Coast. The home office is located in Aberdeen, Washington.

There are no current job openings.