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Lower Columbia Conservation and Recovery Plan

The Lower Columbia River Conservation and Recovery Plan for Oregon Populations of Salmon and Steelhead (Oregon Lower Columbia Plan) describes the population status and recovery plans for salmon and steelhead in the Youngs Bay, Big Creek, Clatskanie, Scappoose, Clackamas, Sandy, Lower Gorge, Upper Gorge, and Hood River sub-basins. The Oregon Lower Columbia Plan addresses legal requirements for recovery planning under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) and under Oregon’s Native Fish Conservation Policy. Perhaps more importantly, in addition to meeting legal requirements, the plan provides an informed, strategic approach to recovery that is based on science, supported by stakeholders, built on existing efforts, and includes new recovery actions. The plan is linked to an adaptive management framework that will allow it to evolve over time with new information, including assessment of the recovery actions taken. Implementation of Oregon's conservation and recovery plan will require the contribution of federal, state, and local governments, tribes, and many organizations, groups, and citizens.

The Oregon Lower Columbia Plan covers the populations of the species listed below that occur in Oregon only. NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is responsible forcreating a coordinated plan for the entire evolutionarily significant unit (ESU) encompassing Oregon and Washington. The Oregon Lower Columbia Plan will become part of NMFS’s bi-state plan for recovery of Lower Columbia salmon and steelhead populations in both Oregon and Washington. The NMFS plan will include the Oregon Lower Columbia Plan as well similar plans developed in Washington state for other populations. The final bi-state recovery plan is under development and is expected to be adopted in late 2011. See the NMFS Web site for more information.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission provided comments on the Oregon Lower Columbia Plan at its June 4, 2010 meeting in Salem and approved it at its August 6, 2010 meeting. Extensive stakeholder participation, scientific and public review, and plan revision occurred during development of the Oregon Lower Columbia Plan.

Species/Units covered

  • Chinook salmon (Lower Columbia River ESU), Oregon portion
  • Steelhead (Lower Columbia River ESU), Oregon portion
  • Coho (Lower Columbia River ESU), Oregon portion
  • Chum (Columbia River ESU), Oregon portion


Jim Brick
Lower Columbia Implementation Coordinator

Background Information Provided at Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission Meetings

Implementation Team Meetings

March 20, 2012 (pdfs)

August, 19, 2013 (ppts)

May 7, 2015 (pdfs)

November 30, 2016 (pdfs)

June 5, 2018 (pdfs)

OR LCR Annual Implementation Reports (pdfs)
Final documents (pdfs)
Reference documents (pdfs)

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