Technical Advisory Group (TAG)
A group of profession technical representatives known as the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) coordinate to establish and validate salmon habitat restoration and protection projects. Members of the TAG include professional fisheries biologists, hydrologists, engineers, watershed and forestry stewards who represent the Colville National Forest, Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Kalispel Tribe, Pend Oreille PUD, Seattle City Light, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington Conservation Commission, Washington Departments of Ecology, Washington Department Fish and Wildlife, and the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Department of Energy, Stimson Lumber Company, and Pend Oreille County. These members meet as often as monthly to discuss habitat restoration projects, strategic planning for restoration, coordination and many additional topics regarding native salmonid recovery in WRIA 62.
Citizens Advisory Group (CAG)
As part of the local salmon recovery process, the Citizens Advisory Group (CAG) was established. The CAG works to determine which of the technically sound projects have the most community support and selects the projects that are submitted to the SRFB for funding each year. The CAG also coordinates with the Lead Entity to ensure that the public is aware and supportive of native salmonid protection and recovery through community outreach and education efforts. CAG representatives are community members of Pend Oreille County and the Kalispel Tribe and include Pend Oreille County Commissioners, Pend Oreille Sportsmen Club affiliates, farmers, ranchers, recreational sportsman, concerned citizens as well as community members simply interested in local salmon recovery. The Pend Oreille Lead Entity is continuously seeking to expand the level of community involvement. All CAG meetings are open to the public interested citizens are invited to contact Mike Lithgow, the Pend Oreille Lead Entity Coordinator or call (509) 447-7435 for information regarding CAG membership opportunities. Please watch the news and calendar pages to find opportunities to get involved with the Recovery Team.