For more information on habitat issues, please contact the
WDFW Habitat Program.
Phone: 360-902-2534

For more information on WDFW managed lands including wildlife areas, please contact the
WDFW Wildlife Program.
Phone: 360-902-2515


Small Forest Landowners - Family Forest Fish Passage Program (FFFPP) - WDFW is partnering with the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office and the Washington Department of Natural Resources to implement the Family Forest Fish Passage (FFFP) Program. This program is an incentive based program that assists small forest landowners with correcting their fish passage barrier culverts. Since 2003, the FFFPP has opened over 480 miles of stream for salmon to spawn, feed and grow.  For details about the program, visit the Washington Department of Natural Resources’ Small Forest Landowner Office.


WDFW is key to helping others correct fish passage barriers

State Highways – Washington Department of Transportation

WDFW collaborates with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to identify and correct barrier culverts under state highways. This 20-year old partnership has resulted in completion of over 245 fish passage projects in Washington streams following detailed fish passage barrier inventories and the standardized prioritization process. These projects have opened up over 820 miles of potential salmonid habitat. 

Washington State Parks Commission

The Washington State Parks Commission (Parks) has contracted with WDFW to conduct a fish passage inventory and associated habitat assessments on State Park lands, in order to identify and prioritize fish passage barriers for future correction. The inventory focused on fish bearing streams in WRIA’s 1-23.  This effort is a first step to correcting fish passage barriers as part of the overall strategy to recover salmonid populations. The final report can be downloaded here.

Puget Sound Cities

In partnership with the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) and the WSDOT’s Highways and Local Programs (HLP), the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is inventorying, assessing, and prioritizing fish passage barriers in anadromous waters associated with city streets in the Puget Sound region. The inventories and associated habitat surveys are conducted utilizing methods described in WDFW’s Fish Passage Barrier and Surface Water Diversion Screening Assessment and Prioritization Manual (WDFW 2009). This work will allow the Cities to have a sound strategy for correcting barriers into the future when requesting funding.  Currently, this work is ongoing and a final report will be posted once completed.