The Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board (UCSRB) is a partnership among Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties, the Yakama Nation, and Colville Confederated Tribes in cooperation with local, state, and federal partners. The mission of the UCSRB is to restore viable and sustainable populations of salmon, steelhead, and other at-risk species through the collaborative, economically sensitive efforts, combined resources, and wise resource management of the Upper Columbia Region. To meet its mission, the UCSRB wishes to ensure that actions to protect and restore salmonid habitat in the region are based on sound scientific principles.

The UCSRB requested that a Regional Technical Team (RTT) be formed to accomplish these functions:

  1. recommend region-wide approaches to protect and restore salmonid habitat,
  2. develop and evaluate salmonid recovery projects within the Upper Columbia Region as appropriate, and
  3. develop and guide salmonid recovery monitoring plans as appropriate.

The RTT may adopt other functions if members consider it appropriate, as per Section VI.

An important function of the RTT is to review the technical merits of projects to be submitted by project sponsors in the Upper Columbia Region for funding by the Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board (or other funding sources). The RTT will establish a scientific foundation for this process, with the premise that it will allow for the identification of projects that will best contribute to the recovery of salmonids listed under the Endangered Species Act.