The Nature Conservancy
The Salmon Initiative
The Nature Conservany's (TNC) Salmon Initiative aims to restore California Coho salmon and wild Chinook salmon and steelhead trout populations to sustainable and fishable abundance by incentivizing public and private investment in salmon habitat protection and restoration where there is the greatest potential to incears numbers of wild fish.
A Significant Environmental & Monitoring Challenge
In the absence of comprehensive monitoring of coastal California salmon and steelhead populations, their extent is relatively unkown to Californias. Available coastal population data shows that despite having been the focus of restoration and recovery efforts over the past 30 years, wild salmon and trout populations remain a fraction of their historical numbers. Furthermore, we lack the information needed to assess the impacts of restoration activities on fish numbers and ability to lean and improve future management and restoration efforts.
Solutions for Restoration & Recovery
In California, the future of salmon conservation largely rests with timber companies, ranchers, and other private landowners. The majority of land abutting wild salmon streams is privately owned: even with government and non-profit allies, salmon will not be recovered without private partners. By both demonstrating innovative restoration strategies, and actively removing barriers to private inv, the Conservancy’s California Salmon Initiative is developing promising avenues for widespread restoration that have broad implications for recovery in the state and beyond.
Visit The Nature Conservancy website to learn more about our recent innovations and successes in California salmon recovery.