ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION

Organizational Structure                

The organization of the Chehalis Basin Lead Entity shall consist of the Habitat Work Group, a Local Review Team Subcommittee, a Citizen Advisory Group Subcommittee, a Lead Entity Coordinator, and the Contracting Agent.

Habitat Work Group

The Habitat Work Group consists of local technical experts and citizens that act as the steering body for the Lead Entity.  Its responsibilities include setting policy directions for the Lead Entity, developing the Lead Entity strategy using critical pathways methodologies, and recommending to the Contracting Agent a prioritized Habitat Project List in accordance with RCW 77.85.050.

The membership of the Habitat Work Group includes those members serving on the board at the time of the adoption of the bylaws.

The Habitat Work Group may appoint additional members by majority vote.  Members may represent, but are not limited to, government, the private sector, nonprofit organizations, and citizens-at-large.  There is no limitation on membership concerning expertise or experience.

The Habitat Work Group may establish additional subcommittees not established by these bylaws upon majority vote of the membership.

Local Technical Review Team

The Local Review Team is a subcommittee appointed by the Habitat Work Group consisting of representative interests of counties, cities, state and federal agencies, conservation districts, tribes, environmental groups, business interests, landowners, citizens, volunteer groups, regional fish enhancement groups, and other habitat interests.

The Local Review Team assists the Lead Entity in its technical work, including the review and recommendation of a Habitat Project List for inclusion in the Habitat Work Schedule.  Membership on the Local Review Team is not restricted to members of the Habitat Work Group. 

Lead Entity Coordinator

The Lead Entity Coordinator facilitates and coordinates Lead Entity efforts, including the responsibilities of the Habitat Work Group, the Local Review Team, the Citizens Advisory Group, and the Contracting Agent.  Duties include, but are not limited to:

Citizen Advisory Group

The Citizen Advisory Group is a subcommittee appointed by the Habitat Work Group consisting of individuals representing diverse community social, cultural, and economic values.  Membership on the Citizen Advisory Group is not restricted to members of the Habitat Work Group.

The purpose of the Citizen Advisory Group is to ensure that the priorities and projects of the Habitat Work Group reflect the interests and values of the citizens within the geographic scope of the Lead Entity.  Citizen Advisory Group members review the Lead Entity strategy and Habitat Project Lists and make recommendations to the Habitat Work Group for appropriate action.  The Citizen Advisory Group also makes recommendations to the Habitat Work Group regarding how to increase community support for implementation of habitat projects.  Project review is described in the Chehalis Basin Salmon Habitat Restoration and Preservation Strategy for WRIA 22-23.

Contracting Agent

The Contracting Agent is the legal organization responsible for contracting with the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office funding.  The contracting agent is responsible for providing the Lead Entity Coordinator, purchasing supplies, and administering office space.  The Lead Entity coordinator takes direction from the Habitat Work Group but reports to the Contracting Agent.  

Bylaws

The Chehalis Basin Lead Entity Bylaws were approved on November 4, 2011.