CREST Partners

Bonneville Power Administration

BPA is a federal agency that administers hydroelectric power generated from dams on the Columbia River and its tributaries. BPA supplies wholesale energy to the Pacific Northwest region. BPA's mandate is to also prioritize habitat monitoring and restoration projects throughout the Columbia River.

BPA is a primary funder for restoration projects in the Columbia River. BPA contracts CREST to oversee large scale projects.

For more information on BPA's restoration activities in the Columbia River region, visit

Columbia Land Trust

Columbia Land Trust conserves and cares for vital lands, waters, and wildlife of the Columbia River region. CREST currently partners with CLT to conduct biological monitoring on restoration projects. CREST and the Columbia Land Trust collaborate to prioritize future restoration projects in the Lower Columbia River.

Lewis & Clark National Historical Park

As part of the National Park Service, Lewis & Clark National Historical Park participates in the organizations mandate to   "offer advice, technical assistance, recognition, and funding to help communities across the country preserve their own history and create close-to-home recreation opportunities."

CREST has partnered with L&CNHP to complete multiple restoration projects on their land. The NPS has provided funding for these projects, and acts as an educational resource for the public on habitat restoration and monitoring initiatives.

Please watch this video to learn more about how CREST and the L&CNHP have worked together.

Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

The Estuary Partnership defines their mission as "Our primary responsibility is to implement the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the Lower Columbia River (Management Plan)".  The Estuary Partnership is positioned as a coordinating body for the many community-based organizations working to conserve habitat in the Lower Columbia River region. CREST is contracted by the Estuary Partnership to perform action effectiveness monitoring, and receives funding for restoration projects.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association

"From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product."

NOAA has provided funding to CREST restoration projects.  Local NOAA field staff collaborate with CREST on research and monitoring projects as well.

North Coast Land Conservancy

"The North Coast Land Conservancy will serve as a resource for Northwestern Oregon coastal communities and landowners to conserve and protect land in perpetuity for its ecological and cultural values."

CREST has assisted with monitoring habitats on behalf of the NCLC, and supports the stewardship activities conducted by this organization.

Oregon Department of State Lands

"The mission of the Department of State Lands is to ensure a legacy for Oregonians and their public schools through sound stewardship of lands, wetlands, waterways, unclaimed property, estates and the Common School Fund."
CREST and the ODSL are currently exploring opportunities for future restoration projects on state land

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

"Our mission is to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations."

CREST and the ODFW are currently exploring opportunities for future restoration projects on state land.

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board

"The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) is a state agency that provides grants to help Oregonians take care of local streams, rivers, wetlands and natural areas."

OWEB has provided consistent watershed council support and restoration project funding to CREST and the North Coast Watershed Association for several years.

PC Trask and Associates

PC Trask and Associates is privately-owned consulting firm that specializes in recovery plans, restoration design guidelines, and large scale restoration projects in the Columbia River region. CREST collaborates often with PCTA on project development and implementation of restoration projects. CREST also provides habitat monitoring resources, and each organization often consults the other on independent projects.

US Army Corps of Engineers

The US Army Corps of Engineers defines their mission as (to) "Provide vital public engineering services in peace and war to strengthen our Nation's security, energize the economy, and reduce risks from disasters." The Army Corps maintains authority over the infrastructure of levees and dikes on the Columbia River and its tributaries.

With BPA, USACE also shares a mandate to fund and facilitate habitat monitoring and restoration projects. CREST coordinates with USACE's restoration division to conduct technical reviews, and to gain approval for changes to flood control.

US Fish and Wildlife Service

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

CREST and the USFWS are collaborating on projects to restore habitats on federally protected lands. The USFWS has also provided funding to CREST for past projects.

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

WDFW's mission is "To preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities."

CREST and the WDFW are engaged in planning phases for potential projects on the Washington side of the Columbia River Estuary.

Washington Department of Transportation

Some CREST projects require collaboration and consultation with WashDOT on improvements to highway infrastructure for the improvement of fish passage.  WashDOT has provided in-kind funding to CREST on past projects.

CREST also administers and staffs the North Coast Watershed Association, whose members include:

  • Skipanon Watershed Council
  • Youngs Bay Watershed Council
  • Nicolai-Wickiup Watershed Council
  • Ecola Creek Watershed Council

To learn more about CREST's partnership with the NCWA, contact:
Jesse Jones, North Coast Watershed Council Coordinator | 503.325.0435 x12