North Pacific Coast Lead Entity

Update! Official Release: Public Review Draft of the North Pacific Coast (WRIA 20) Salmon Restoration Strategy for 2020. Comments are due to NPCLE Coordinator by March 25th. Contact F.S. Hanson, NPCLE Facilitator, with your comments or questions at 360-374-4556 or fsh2@uw.edu.

Update! Official Release: SRFB Grant Round # 21 WRIA 20 APPLICATION PACKAGE. Proposals are due into the PRISM system and to the NPCLE Coordinator by Feb 18th. This is a unique shortened time line this year on the SRFB Grant Round time line, however, strong conceptual projects can be entered year round. Contact F.S. Hanson, NPCLE Facilitator, with your comments or questions at 360-374-4556 or fsh2@uw.edu.

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.  The largest drainage is the centrally located Quillayute River watershed with its four major sub-basins: the Dickey, Calawah, Bogachiel, and Sol Duc rivers.  The north end is dominated by the extensive stream basin of Lake Ozette and the independent drainages of the Tsoo-yess and Wa’atch rivers.

The area can experience more than 240 inches of rainfall a year. Forests dominate the region, with the lower elevations of the river systems mostly in privately or government-owned commercial forestry. Three tribes own reservation lands with an extensive overlay of indigenous usual and accustomed hunting and fishing areas covering each watershed. THe relatively small remainder of land is in diverse rural residential, recreational, and agricultural use. There are several small urban centers with the city of Forks as the largest.

The Lead Entity is administered through a cooperative association, formalized with an interlocal agreement, between the Makah, Quileute and Hoh Tribes, Jefferson and Clallam Counties, and the City of Forks.

The primary goal of the Lead Entity is to maintain and improve ecosystem productivity and genetic diversity for all salmon species by protecting highly productive habitats and populations, and restoring impaired habitat and populations. To accomplish this goal, the Lead Entity uses the best available science to set priorities, incorporate socio-political factors in decision-making, and help provide direction and focus for the success of project sponsors.

Frank Hanson

Lead Entity Coordinator 

1(360)374-4556

fsh2@uw.edu 

PO Box 1628

1455 S. Forks Avenue

Forks, WA 98331

http://www.onrc.washington.edu/AquaticPrograms/index.html 

Committee meetings occur on the third Tuesday of the month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (Technical Committee) and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (Citizens Committee).