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Fisheries Program

USDA Forest Service Agency
Wide Fisheries Accomplishments 2019


Please find the fisheries accomplishment summary, Forest Service-wide and by Regions, for Forest Service fiscal year 2019. We are pleased to share it with you because it is really a celebration what we’ve been able to do together for the land (and water and aquatic critters) and people for which we care. We also hope this serves as a respite from current events, as well as a reminder of the power of working together to solve problems.


Total Accomplishments
-Streams Enhanced/Restored:        3,516 miles
-Lakes Enhanced/Restored:             34,829 acres


Aquatic Connectivity
-Total # of Miles Reconnected:              395
-Total AOP Projects:                                 264
-AOPs at Road Stream Crossings           244
-Dam structures removed/restored:      17


Generating Social & Economic Impact
-Economic Impact from Rec Fishing: 8,097,845 Annual Visits, $1.157 Billion in economic output to local communities, 6,920 jobs sustained, and $623 Million contributed to GDP.
-Commercial Salmon Fishery from Alaskan NFs: $88 Million annual dockside value
-Youth fishing events on/near NFS water: 234


Native Fish & Aquatic Species
-Total # projects benefitting ESA listed threatened or endangered species: 245

-USFS $ Expenditures:        $52.2 Million
-Partnership $ Leveraged:             $81.5 Million
-Days of Volunteer Activities for fisheries and aquatic
resources on/near NFS land:

-Audience reached or engaged in aquatics related
outreach & education events:


-Key Partners:Trout Unlimited, Federal Highways Department, State Fish & Wildlife Agencies, States Dept. of Transportation, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, Tribal Nations, Bureau of Land Management, Army Corps of Engineers, Local watershed groups, county and municipal governments, private landowners.


Research Accomplishments
-Research Topics and Peer Reviewed Publications: eDNA as a tool for identifying freshwater species in sustainable forestry: A critical review and potential future applications (1 of many examples)



Before image of a mountain stream free of downed trees and after trees have been added to the stream.



Washington Office Contact: Nathaniel Gillespie, Assistant National Fish Program Leader,, (202) 697-1055