The Family Forest Fish Passage Program is a funding program through the Washington State Department of Natural Resources for small forest landowners to improve fish passage, by replacing impassible culverts with engineered bridges.
What makes a culvert a fish barrier?
- Outfall drop from a culvert may create a barrier for both adult and juvenile fish, especially Chum Salmon who are not great jumpers.
- Undersized culverts create high water velocity and this can be a barrier to fish, especially juvenile fish.
- Culverts can become plugged, blocking passage for fish.
Who’s eligible for funding?
- If you are a private, small forest landowner harvesting less than 2 million board feet of timber each year from lands you own in Washington
- The culvert is on forestland and associated with a road. The land is capable of supporting a merchantable stand of timber and is not being used for anything incompatible with growing timber.
- The culvert is on a fish-bearing stream wider than 2 feet and on a gradient less than 20%.