Nearly 100 organizations and non-profits around the state are involved in salmon habitat restoration. The support you show your local watershed groups is crucial to the success of salmon restoration. Volunteerism and donations keep these groups alive and sustain their vital work in planning, education and restoration to recover salmon. Follow the links from the partner list (or via groups' links included in each Salmon Snapshot watershed summary) or visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife volunteer page to learn more about local watershed organizations and what you can do to help.
By providing donations and resources to The Nature Conservancy, your local watershed group or other salmon focused community groups you are making an investment in healthier watersheds, wild salmon and nature. Invest today and benefit every time you hike, fish, paddle, swim or just breathe in your local watershed.
Bend a politician’s ear. State and federal legislators play an important role in ensuring restoration and monitoring efforts are receiving the resources and support needed to bring back California's salmon. Tell your representatives how much salmon means to you, your community and the local economy. Write a letter! Officials listen, especially local leaders.
Spend time outdoors in your watershed with your family, friends and neighbors. Get to know the place, how salmon use it and what challenges species face locally. Learn more about how to peak children's interest in the outdoors.
Read up on the issues facing salmon so that you can spread the word throughout your own community. Frequent the web sites of environmental advocacy groups and government agencies. Invite one of the Nature Conservancy’s salmon experts to come speak at your local event or conference.
Tell children and teenagers what the river was like when you were a kid and what promise it holds. Chaperone a field trip, take a kid fishing, and set a positive example. By sharing the amazing story of the salmon’s journey from their natal streams to the ocean and back, children may better understand the significance of salmon and what their survival represents.
Poachers devastate nature by breaking laws designed to assure proper wildlife management and species survival. Poaching is an insult to anglers who obey the rules. Because poaching is a crime of secrecy and stealth, its full impact in California is impossible to fully gauge. However, enough poaching is documented to realize that it exacts a very heavy toll. Contact the California Department of Fish & Wildlife and let them know when poaching is happening so we can protect our wild fish and preserve the rights of anglers who obey state rules.