Reintroducing Fishers to the Olympic National Park

Project #: 1789  –   Updated: January 17, 2011

Project Summary

This project restored Pacific fisher to Washington State by reestablishing fisher populations in Olympic National Park, Olympic National Forest and other suitable habitats on the Olympic peninsula.

Location (by county):
Grays Harbor County (WA), Jefferson County (WA), Mason County (WA), Clallam County (WA)

Watersheds:
Hoh-Quillayute, Hood Canal, Grays Harbor, Skokomish, Crescent-Hoko, Queets-Quinault, Dungeness-Elwha, Lower Chehalis

Congressional Districts:
WA District 06

Bird Conservation Regions:
Northern Pacific Rainforest

USFWS Regions:
Pacific Region

Project size:
1982502.05 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Olympic Peninsula Yes

Full Project Description

This project restored Pacific fisher to Washington State by reestablishing fisher populations in Olympic National Park, Olympic National Forest and other suitable habitats on the Olympic peninsula.

Project Assistance & Partnership Opportunities

Equipment

We could use remote cameras to monitor fisher den sites.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Public Benefit
Conservation Mission
It is the mission of Conservation Northwest to protect and connect wildlife habitat from the Washington Coast to the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia.

Primary goals:

To establish a reproductive population in one of the three reintroduction areas within the Olympic Recovery Area, which includes Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest.
Progress:

We have reintroduced 38 fisher into the Olympic National Park and preparing monitoring plans to determine reproductive success at den sites.

Consistent with plans:

State Wildlife Action Plan
Species Recovery Plan

Targeted habitats:

    • Forests and Woodlands
      • Conifer Forests
        • Coastal Spruce, Port Orford Cedar or Redwood Forest
        • Douglas-fir - Western Hemlock Forest
        • Mixed Conifer (Grand Fir/White fir/Douglas Fir/Pine) Forest
        • Silver Fir - Mountain Hemlock Montane Forest
        • Subalpine (Spruce-Fir) Forest and Woodland
        • Western Hemlock - Western Red Cedar Forest
      • Mixed Hardwoods and Conifer
        • Big Leaf Maple, Black Oak, or White Oak with Conifer Forest

Targeted species:

  • Fisher Martes pennanti

Actions

Project Actions
Vertebrate monitoring Show/Hide details
Reintroduce native species Show/Hide details

Assistance

Direct Funding
Wildlife Conservation Society (Non-Governmental Organization) Show/Hide details
Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) (Federal Government) Show/Hide details
Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) (Federal Government) Show/Hide details
Washington's National Park Fund (Non-Governmental Organization) Show/Hide details
In-Kind Contribution
Conservation Northwest Show/Hide details

Outcomes

Is the success of this project's actions being monitored?   Yes

Please describe your monitoring activity.

Remote cameras will be installed to monitor fisher den activity

What lessons have been learned and/or what suggestions do you have for similar activities?

Partnerships between NGOs and State Wildlife agencies offer great promise in promoting the recovery and conservation of endangered species.

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Organization

Conservation Northwest
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Primary Contact

Dave Werntz  (Science and Conservation Director)
Conservation Northwest
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Partners

  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Olympic National Park
  • US Geological Survey



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