Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team

The Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team (IMST) is a scientific review panel charged with advising the State of Oregon on matters of science related to the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds. These matters include fish recovery, water quality improvements, and enhancing watershed health. Download a general brochure about the IMST.

IMST evaluation of the scientific basis for programs provides the public, the Governor, and the Oregon Legislature with a frame of reference when struggling with policy decisions affecting Oregon Plan implementation.

General Observations on Salmonid and Watershed Recovery

IMST recognizes the need to incorporate a landscape perspective into implementation of the Oregon Plan. The functioning of whole watersheds and salmonid populations can only be understood if one looks at the condition of all land ownerships over a long enough time period to discern human impact against background fluctuations in climate and ocean conditions and natural disturbance regimes.


Scientific Workshop to be held January 15, 2015 in Salem (download Agenda).
Please note: participation in the workshop is by invitation, but the public is welcome to observe the discussion and offer comment at times specified in the agenda.


What's New

IMST's 2014 Book is NOW AVAILABLE: Wild Salmonids in the Urbanizing Pacific Northwest

AFS Fisheries (Journal) Articles by IMST, Jan. 2014:
A review of urban water body challenges and approaches: Part 1 Rehabilitation and Remediation and Part 2 Mitigating Effects of Future Urbanization

AFS Press Release January 22, 2014: Urban rehabilitaiton, mitigation, and remediation

PSU Press Release January 22, 2014: Book on salmonids in urban areas

OSU Press Release Dec. 30, 2013: Salmonids in urban areas

IMST Recommendations: Fish conservation planning and state-wide integrated monitoring

IMST's Review of ODFW's Coastal Multi-Species Conservation Plan

IMST's 2012-2013 Annual Report