ESA listings for 16 Salmon Stocks Protected


In 2001, Federal District Court Judge Michael Hogan threw a monkey wrench into ESA protection for sensitive salmon and steelhead stocks with his decision in Alsea Valley Alliance v. Evans. In the decision, the judge ordered the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to reconsider its listing of Oregon Coast coho salmon in light of the … Continue reading ESA listings for 16 Salmon Stocks Protected

40 Wild and Scenic Rivers Designated in Oregon


In 1988, Pacific Rivers (then Oregon Rivers Council) took the unprecedented step of crafting the nation’s first large federal river protection act, the landmark Oregon Omnibus National Wild and Scenic River Act of 1988. This Act remains the largest river protection legislation in the nation’s history. It added 40 outstanding rivers totaling 1500 river miles to … Continue reading 40 Wild and Scenic Rivers Designated in Oregon

SalmonSafe and Pacific Rivers


In 1996, Pacific Rivers developed certification guidelines that promote ecologically sustainable agricultural practices for the benefits of Pacific salmon and the clean water they need to survive. These practices (used by StreamCare, Pacific Rivers’ cooperative agricultural program) include such methods as planting riparian zones on streams, incorporating cover crop to control erosion, and applying sophisticated … Continue reading SalmonSafe and Pacific Rivers

Aquatic Conservation Strategy Restored


The watersheds of the Pacific Northwest provide clean water for communities and support some of the last wild runs of salmon and steelhead in the world. In 1994, with the adoption of the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP), many key salmon watersheds received much-needed protection from historic and ongoing logging activities — the very same activities … Continue reading Aquatic Conservation Strategy Restored

Court Orders Review Of California’s Harmful Fish Stocking Practices


In California, along with many other places in the West, native trout numbers are getting smaller and smaller. California’s own state fish, the golden trout, is just one troubling example. Scientists have shown a link between fish stocking and these declines. Not only does fish stocking impact trout but also other native fish and amphibian … Continue reading Court Orders Review Of California’s Harmful Fish Stocking Practices