Big R Modular Steel Bridges are now part of the very successful, Washington-State-funded Family Forest Fish Passage Program (FFFPP). Since 2003, the Program has partnered with private timberland owners to open hundreds of miles of fish-bearing habitat and Big R Bridge has provided many of the required bridges.
Tightly scheduled “fish window” installations
Each project has to be permitted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and installed within a specific “fish window”—the earliest start date and latest completion date for any work that may affect the stream.
Remote locations on narrow, steep roads
The other challenge was in delivery logistics. These sites were deep in mountainous forests with various types of roads and extra care was needed to use the right types of truck, trailer and driver at each site.
“We get lots of good feedback from the contractors about Big R Bridge. They say that you deliver on time, on the right trucks for the site. They also say that you are easy to work with and respond quickly to all inquiries.” – Laura Till Smith, WDFW
“Contractors tell us that you are easy to work with and that your bridges are the easiest and quickest to install.” – Dave Caudill, SFRB
Program helps to improve fish passages
Private forest land owners are responsible for either fixing fish passage barriers on their roads or removing them and abandoning the roads altogether. Under the FFFPP, local conservation districts and other non-profits, like the Wild Fish Conservancy, take care of all engineering, administration and contracting. The projects are built at no cost to the landowners through State funding administered by the FFFPP and the Salmon Funding Recovery Board.