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.  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 


PO Box 1628

1455 S. Forks Avenue

Forks, WA 98331

Olympic Natural Resource Center

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). 

*The public release of the 2021 NPCLE Salmon Restoration Strategy and an updated RFP/application form will be released at the end of February 2021.   In the interim, please submit the current conceptual project form provided at the link above and contact Frank Hanson and Rich Osborne