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The Council develops the Program by requesting recommendations from the region’s federal and state fish and wildlife agencies, appropriate Indian tribes (those within the basin) and other interested parties and then monitors its implementation by the Bonneville Power Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and its licensees. Numerous other entities also contribute to implementing Program measures either by receiving direct project funding from Bonneville through the Program, providing cost-share to one of these projects, or receiving in-direct funding through Bonneville reimbursement of expenditures of appropriated funds by the Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Below are some of the primary entities that implement the Program: 

BPA supports healthy fish and wildlife populations while supplying electricity from the nation’s largest source of clean power – the federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers. BPA carries out this mission by implementing the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. Through its partners, BPA implements biologically sound and cost-effective measures to restore habitat, protect land and water, improve passage at the dams and operate state-of-the-art salmon and steelhead hatcheries. As a result, Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead are returning to our rivers and to tributaries and streams where they haven’t been seen in decades. The Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program is developed by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and funded by BPA’s electricity ratepayers to help protect and enhance fish and wildlife affected by the federal hydropower dams.
The Burns Paiute Natural Resources Department was created to protect and enhance fish and wildlife, to prevent further resource losses that impact traditional land uses, to ensure environmental standards on the reservation are met, and to provide training and employment opportunities for Burns Paiute Tribal Members.
Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s Natural Resource department is committed to the preservation, protection, enhancement, and managment of the Tribe’s natural resources, as well as being dedicated to restoring the environment within traditional cultural and historical boundaries of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe to improve the quality of life and provide direct social and economic benefit for the Tribe and it’s people.
The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission coordinates management policy and provides fisheries technical services for the Yakama, Warm Springs, Umatilla, and Nez Perce tribes. CRITFC’s mission is “to ensure a unified voice in the overall management of the fishery resources, and as managers, to protect reserved treaty rights through the exercise of the inherent sovereign powers of the tribes.”
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservations’ The Fish and Wildlife Department’s overall goal is to maintain and protect viable populations of native and desired non-native species of fish and wildlife, and their supporting habitats, while providing sufficient numbers to meet the cultural, subsistence, recreational and economic needs of the tribal membership.
Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde’s Fish and Wildlife department examines the health of deer and elk herds on the Reservation, and provides better forage and habitat. The department also conducts surveys for Threatened and Endangered species that may occur on the Reservation and any other tribal trust properties.Always looking at ways to improve fish habitat and populations in Reservation streams.
The mission of the Branch of Natural Resources is to plan and execute a balanced direction for the protection, use and enhancement to all tribal natural resources.
To protect, conserve, restore and promote culturally-relevant species and landscapes integral to the unique identity of the Cowlitz People. To further educate the community and inspire future leaders and participants in this vision.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil. FERC’s Mission is to assist consumers in obtaining economically efficient, safe, reliable, and secure energy services at a reasonable cost through appropriate regulatory and market means, and collaborative efforts.
Idaho Fish and Game’s mission is to protect, preserve, perpetuate and manage Idaho’s wildlife resources.
The Kalispel Tribe’s Natural Resources Deaprtment’s fundamental challenge is to provide tribal members with an opportunity to engage in the same cultural practices as their ancestors.
The Kootenai Tribe envisions a healthy ecosystem with clean, connected terrestrial and aquatic habits, which fully support traditional Tribal uses and other important societal uses.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, through its employees and citizen commission, provides for the stewardship of the fish, wildlife, parks and recreational resources of Montana, while contributing to the quality of life for present and future generations.
Committed to conserving and protecting our trust resources, the West Coast Region provides science-based conservation and management for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, marine mammals, sea turtles, and endangered species, and their habitats.
The Natural Resources Department works to preserve the natural resources that have always provided for the Nimiipuu people.
Our mission is to protect and enhance Oregon’s fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations.
Our commitment to environmental stewardship is deep-rooted and tied to a tradition and history with the land and our way of life.
The mission of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Fish & Wildlife Department is to protect, restore, and enhance fish and wildlife related resources in accordance with the Tribes’ unique interests and vested rights in such resources and their habitats, including the inherent, aboriginal and treaty protected rights of Tribal members to fair process and the priority rights to harvest pursuant to the Fort Bridger Treaty of July 3, 1868.
The Shoshone-Paiute Tribal Administration is charged with protecting and preserving the Shoshone-Paiute culture and natural resources. Assist and encourage the economic development of the membership and the Tribe, and to deliver program services to the best of our ability.The Fish, Wildlife & Parks Department welcomes you to the Duck Valley Indian Reservation. The Department manages three rainbow trout fisheries: Lake Billy Shaw (fly fishing), Mountain View and Sheep Creek Reservoirs.
Preserve, Protect, Manage and Enhance the long term sustainability of the natural resources for present and future generations through an interdisciplinary process by developing and implementing best management practices.
The Umatilla Confederated Tribes’ Department of Natural Resources mission statement is to protect, restore and enhance the First Foods – water, salmon, deer, cous and huckleberry – for the perpetual cultural, economic and sovereign benefit of the CTUIR.
As the nation’s environmental engineer, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages one of the largest federal environmental missions: restoring degraded ecosystems; constructing sustainable facilities; regulating waterways; managing natural resources; and, cleaning up contaminated sites from past military activities. Portland District contributes to the strength of the region and Nation through innovative and environmentally sustainable solutions to water resources challenges. In particular, the District works to improve significant ecosystem function, structure, and dynamic processes that have been degraded and looks for ways to naturally store floodwaters, improve water quality and restore fish and wildlife habitat. USACE supports ecosystem sustainability as a mission focus for all project development and land management decisions. This focus reflects protection of our natural resources under numerous federal laws, including the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, Endangered Species Act, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and Migratory Bird Conservation Act.
The mission of the Bureau of Reclamation is to manage, develop, and protect water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and ehance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and perpetuating the state’s fish, wildlife, and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.
The Yakama Confederated Tribes’ Department of Natural Resources was established to manage, co-manage and protect the Yakama Nation’s Ancestral, Cultural, and Treaty Natural Resources on Reservation, in the Ceded Area and at Usual and Accustomed Sites, to meet the tribal culture, protecting tribal sensitive areas and sites and restoring diminished damaged resources.

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