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Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air & Rare Plants

Fish Program Leader:
Dan Shively

Fish Assistant Program Leader:
Nat Gillespie

Regional Program Leaders
(Includes other Watershed staffs)
(PDF 66.8 KB)

Program Initiatives:
Bring Back the Natives
Fish Facts
Rise to the Future
FishWatch (official)
FishWatch (program description)
National Fishing Week
Recreational Fishing

National Stream and Aquatic Ecology Center:

Related Topic Area:

Threatened, Endangered & Sensitive Species Program (TES)

Ecosystem Services

Downloadable Documents:

Publications & Reports

Rise To The Future 2004 Task Force Report (pdf) 642KB

Benchmarking Study (172 KB) of USDA Forest Service Fisheries and Aquatic Ecology Programs


Critical Watershed for Freshwater Species

Salmon Cam (Alaska)

Fish includes the National Fisheries Program and the National Fish & Aquatic Ecology Unit.

The National Fisheries Program assists field biologists in attaining the Chief's aquatic priorities and manage aquatic resources from a healthy ecosystem perspective.

Program Initiatives include Bring Back the Natives and Rise to the Future. Initiatives are special topics to which we give added emphasis through projects, events, literature and funding. The intent of our varied Initiatives is to help us and our partners move forward to accomplish specific management goals for certain key issues.

The focus of the National Stream and Aquatic Ecology Center (NSAEC) is on developing tools and science applications for the more effective management and conservation of watersheds, streams, riparian ecosystems, fisheries and aquatic ecosystems on National Forests and Grasslands.

Issue Updates

Why Did the Fish Cross to the Other Side of the Road?

Between 2008 and 2015, the U.S. Forest Service and partners removed or upgraded over 1,000 culverts and road-stream crossings for Aquatic Organism Passage (AOP) across the country courtesy of the Legacy Roads & Trails Program. One of the best investments our agency can make to help aquatic ecosystems respond to the stresses of a changing climate is to restore the ability of fish to move freely, including beneath our expansive road system. Fish need to be able to access many different parts of a stream network to find cold water during the summer, to spawn, and to feed so they can grow larger. Come explore this story map to see some examples from around the country of some of the outstanding partnership projects that helped the US Forest Service achieve this milestone for fish, aquatic health, flood resiliency and protection of local transportation infrastructure.

New Publication

September 2016: Technical Guide for Field Practitioners: Understanding and Monitoring Aquatic Organism Passage at Road-Stream Crossings
Nicholas Heredia, Brett Roper, Nathaniel Gillespie, and Craig Roghair
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Rise to the Future 2015

    Below are the respective recipients of the 2015 National Rise to the Future Awards for excellence and leadership in Fisheries, Hydrology, Soil Science, and Air Programs.

    Awards presented in May 2016.

    • Aquatic Recreational Accomplishment: Deborah Urich from the Tahoe National Forest and David Lass from Trout Unlimited

    • Collaborative/Integrated Aquatic Stewardship – co-winner: The Knutson Dam Improvement Project on the Chippewa National Forest

    • Collaborative/Integrated Aquatic Stewardship – co-winner: Sandy River Basin Partners on the Mt. Hood National Forest, Zigzag Ranger District

    • Partnership: Brian Hodge from Trout Unlimited

    • Professional Excellence - Fish Management – co-winner: Mark Moulton from the Sawtooth National Recreation Area

    • Professional Excellence - Fish Management – co-winner: Jerry Monzingo from the Gila National Forest

    • Friend of the Fish/Watershed: Johanna Kovarik from the Washington Office of Mineral & Geology

    • Public Awareness: Karen Holligsworth from Wildlife Forever

    • Tribal Accomplishment: The Hopi Tribe and the Kaibab National Forest

    • Jim Sedell Research Achievement: The NorWeST/Climate Shield/National Stream Internet Science and Data Team

    • Field Soil Scientist: Dennis Landwehr from the Tongass National Forest

    • “Wagon Wheel Gap” Hydrology: Daniel Cenderelli from the National Stream & Aquatic Ecology Center

    • Special Category Award for “Lifetime Achievement”: Ron Medel from the Tongass National Forest

    • Special Category Award for “Exceptional Volunteerism”: The Quivira Coalition, working with the Carson National Forest

    Get Ready for 2016 RTTF NOMINATIONS!  Due Date:  December 2016

  • Categories Descriptions (PDF 131 KB)
  • Nomination Form (Word DOC 84 KB)
  • Request for Nominations Letter (PDF 27 KB)

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