Project Description

Net Ecological Gain

Timeline: August 2021 – September 2022

Sponsoring Agency: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)

WSAS is advising the state legislature on a net ecological gain standard for state land use, development, and environmental laws to achieve a goal of better statewide performance on ecological health and endangered species recovery, including the recovery of salmon in order to fulfill treaty obligations and de-list threatened or endangered species. The committee is developing a definition, goals, objectives, and performance metrics for the net ecological gain standard, assessing how sufficient existing standards have been in achieving endangered species recovery, making recommendations about monitoring and indicators for no net loss and net ecological gain, and conducting a scientific review of a WDFW report to the legislature.

A public presentation for the project was held on January 25, 2022, from 10-11am Pacific Time. A recording of the meeting can be viewed below. 

Committee Members

Ron Thom, Chair (PNNL emeritus)

Heather Burpee (UW)

Ken Currens (NWIFC)

Heida Diefenderfer (PNNL)

Tim Essington (UW)

Anand Jayakaran (WSU)

Mary Ruckelshaus (Stanford University)

Katharine Wellman (Northern Economics, Inc., retired)

Bold names indicate WSAS members.

Net Ecological Gain Public Meeting – January 25, 2022