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, and conducting a scientific review of a WDFW report to the legislature.

Committee Members

Ron Thom, chair (PNNL emeritus).

Bold names indicate WSAS members.