The Coast Coho Partnership is a team of public and private partners that convened in 2015 to accelerate the recovery of Oregon’s two coast coho runs. Managed by the Wild Salmon Center, the Partnership provides technical and financial support to coastal stakeholders implementing federal and state coast coho recovery plans.
The Coast Coho Partnership assists local restoration partners in:
- prioritizing the restoration strategies and on-the-ground projects required to achieve the state and federal recovery goals stated for each coho population; and
- leveraging funding to support locally led, voluntary implementation of high priority projects.
The Partnership works with locally-convened teams to prioritize watershed restoration activities aimed at the complementary goals of rebuilding the state’s 28 independent coast coho populations while increasing the resilience of coastal watersheds to climate change. The prioritization process combines cutting-edge habitat and climate modelling with the expertise of local scientists, managers, landowners, and other stakeholders to generate a “Strategic Action Plan” (SAP). Each SAP lays out a long-term, spatially-explicit strategy to restore the watershed processes that create and maintain critical coho habitats. A five year workplan helps local partners coordinate projects and leverage implementation funding in the near term.
Once a plan is complete, the Partnership leverages funds to implement it. To date, the Coast Coho Partnership has raised more than $10 million to put these plans into action. Coupled with improving land use, restoration can recover coho populations on the Oregon Coast, so coastal communities and Indigenous populations can reclaim the cultural, economic, and spiritual values once spawned by this iconic species.