female chinook salmon iconTo implement this approach, the USFWS established five Habitat Restoration Coordinator (HRC) positions, each assigned a specific geographic area within the Central Valley. Focused in his or her assigned area, each HRC represents the AFRP, develops and nurtures partnerships, develops projects with partners that contribute to making all reasonable efforts to at least double natural production of anadromous fish, and oversees all aspects of implementation of projects in which the AFRP invests funds. In 1998, the AFRP added three more HRCs from the CDFG to this effort, one from each of the CDFG regions within the Central Valley. Together, the USFWS and CDFG HRCs form an interagency team to coordinate, develop and implement restoration projects consistent with the goal, objectives, strategies, processes and priorities described in the Restoration Plan.

Since 1995, the AFRP has been pursuing program objectives by helping to design, fund and manage restoration actions, technical evaluations, and monitoring activities that focus on solving or better understanding a wide variety of problems faced by wild anadromous fish populations at all stages of their life cycles. Many of these projects stem directly from the list of proposed actions developed during the AFRP planning process; others have developed in response to new ideas proposed by a variety of program partners.

AFRP-funded projects to improve habitat have included removal of artificial barriers to migration, installing or upgrading fish ladders, expanding and/or improving the quality of spawning grounds, improving salmon rearing and riparian habitat, developing and nurturing educational programs, investigating salmonid natural history, and acquiring permanent easements in floodplains and riparian corridors. To ensure project effectiveness, all projects include a monitoring component to document pre- and post- project conditions. For detailed project descriptions, see AFRP Managed Projects.