Status and Trends Annual Report

Project abstract: 

The Status and Trends Annual Report (STAR) Project summarizes fish population status and trends, restoration action implementation, Yakama Nation production and reintroduction programs, and Federal mainstem hydrosystem improvements as they affect Yakama Nation treaty-trust aquatic species and their habitats. The initial focus is to document and summarize work that is funded through the 2008 Columbia Basin Fish Accords and any potential benefits. New: For Yakama Nation staff, the STAR Dashboard provides access to interactive information resources at a detailed level (query, reports, mapper) covering the work of YN Fisheries. In development. Contact the project manager directly for information.

Project goals: 

The goal of the STAR Project is to support mitigation described in the 2008 FCRPS Biological Opinion (BiOp) (NOAA, 2008), the Columbia Basin Fish Accords (Accords) (BPA, 2008), and obligations of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NPCC) Fish and Wildlife Program by annually reporting progress towards restoration goals. The STAR Project: 1) evaluates implementation progress, 2) summarizes status and trend, 3) supports regional reporting and outreach effort, and 4) is a resource for the managers and decision makers of the Yakama Nation. Initially focusing on work benefiting ESA-listed anadromous salmonids, the long term goal is to cover other treaty-trust species of management concern to the Yakama Nation and their habitats.

Project plan: 

Currently, there is no single resource available that clearly identifies the range of restoration activities that have occurred historically, are currently being implemented, or are planned for the Yakama Nation trust resources. It is also not easy to determine the current and historic monitoring locations for populations and habitats carried out  throughout the area. STAR is a resource is intended to help fill this gap. It can also provide co-managers, legislators, co-operators, funding agencies, staff members, and the public with access to salmonid and habitat recovery status and trend summaries at various scales, and summarize progress toward recovery and restoration goals.

Project progress: 

The report is being released in stages, first with four high-level "status" reports. Three of these document progress in implementing projects and management actions addressing: 1) salmonid habitat, 2) species production and reintroduction, and 3) hydrosystem operation and structural improvements. The fourth will document the status and trends in abundance of ESA-listed salmon and steelhead and other species of priority to the Yakama Nation. The status reports were released Fall 2013-Spring 2015, and are attached at the bottom of this page. They are also combined into one "comprehensive" report (also attached).  New: 2017 Annual  ComprehensiveSTAR Report and Subbasin Summary (attached below). At the same time,  the technical information base supporting the generation of detailed and mid-level summaries is being developed. It will also be released in stages, with links to the detailed information pages directed through this website as they become available.

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Project Photos:

  • Photo collage - implementation of restoration work
  • STAR project structure
  • STAR project structure