Siuslaw Watershed Council

Siuslaw Coho Partnership

About the Partnership

The Siuslaw Coho Partnership currently includes nine partners, eight Core Implementers and two Technical Advisors, each contributing unique expertise and decades of conservation and restoration experience in the Siuslaw and Coastal Lakes basins. Partners have been working together on restoration planning and projects, driven by a recognition that restoration needs in the Siuslaw are not confined to geographies with single ownerships, single resources, or single resource uses, and that single agencies or owners do not have all of the expertise and resources necessary to maximize restoration opportunities. When each partner contributes its unique capacity to a collaborative effort, the capacity of the Siuslaw Coho Partnership is greater than the sum of the capacity of its individual partners. With the organizations represented in the SCP, we have assembled a Partnership with a diversity in experience and expertise that is capable of generating Coho salmon habitat restoration success in the Siuslaw.

Siuslaw partnerships and the projects that they have accomplished have been recognized on the international, national, and state levels for their innovation and effectiveness, making a convincing case for the benefits of working collaboratively.


Prioritization and Plans

The Siuslaw Coho Partnership has been working over the last 3 years, starting in 2016 to create a Strategic Action Plan for Coho Recovery in the Siuslaw and Coastal Lakes watersheds. These plans were developed from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Oregon Coast Coho Recovery Plan which was published in 2016, which details the limiting factors which affect our local populations of Coho salmon (the Siuslaw, Siltcoos and Tahkenitch populations). The local partnership took the data and science presented in the federal recovery plan and applied it to the local populations of Coho salmon to best identify and target stream reaches to restore in the Siuslaw and Coastal Lakes which best represent a path to recovering the species in our service area.

Partners first used local knowledge and expert opinion to identify priority areas to focus restoration efforts over the next ten years. The Partnership then used a modeling exercise with help from our partners at NOAA and the Wild Salmon Center to further refine priority areas. The resulting plans, available for download below, represent what the Siuslaw Coho Partnership believes is our best path to recovering the species in our area. We'll use these plans to inform our work over the next decade.

We'd like to especially acknowledge and thank our partners at the Wild Salmon Center and NOAA, who have helped facilitate our planning process and the writing of the actual plan itself, including the illustrations and maps found within the document. They have played a critical role in helping to draft these plans, develop local relationships, and have helped critical fundraising to raise the funding necessary to implement projects found within these plans.