Save Our Wild Salmon
Save Our wild Salmon is a diverse, nationwide coalition working together to restore wild salmon and steelhead to the rivers, streams and marine waters of the Pacific Northwest for the benefit of our region's ecology, economy and culture.  Learn more...
Save Our wild Salmon is a non-governmental 501(c) non-profit organization - donations are tax deductible as allowed by law

Current Projects

<span class="g-animatedblock-title-small">Tackling the Climate Challenge<br />&nbsp;</span>
Salmon need a healthy climate and resilient habitats
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<span class="g-animatedblock-title-small">Restoring the Lower Snake River<br />&nbsp;</span>
Dam removal must be the cornerstone of any lawful Columbia Basin Salmon Plan
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<span class="g-animatedblock-title-small">Protecting Orca by Restoring Salmon<br />&nbsp;</span>
Restoring Columbia Basin salmon is a key to orca survival
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<span class="g-animatedblock-title-medium">Modernizing the Columbia River Treaty<br />&nbsp;</span>
It’s time for the U.S. and Canada to join forces to protect and restore the health of this great river
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About Us

SOS is a coalition of northwest and national conservation organizations, recreational and commercial fishing associations, clean energy and orca advocates, businesses and citizens committed to protecting and restoring abundant, self-sustaining fishable populations of salmon and steelhead to the Columbia-Snake River Basin for the benefit of people and ecosystems.

The Columbia-Snake River Basin was once the most prolific salmon landscape on the planet – experiencing returns of adult wild salmon and steelhead exceeding 16 million fish annually. Today, however, due mainly to the scores of large dams built on the Columbia and Snake Rivers last century, populations have plummeted. Thirteen populations are listed under the Endangered Species Act. All four remaining salmon and steelhead populations in the Snake River Basin are at risk of extinction.

Save Our wild Salmon has two primary program goals:

 (1) Securing a durable, lawful, science-based federal plan - Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) Biological Opinion - that protects and restores Columbia-Snake salmon and steelhead. Science, law and common sense dictate that this plan must include the removal of the four high-cost, low-value dams on the lower Snake River and expanded spill on the dams that remain, among other measures.

(2) Securing a modernized U.S. – Canada Columbia River Treaty that includes a new third purpose of ecosystem-based function or health of the river – co-equal with the two other original Treaty purposes of energy production and flood management. A modernized Treaty must include and prioritize ecological goals and outcomes, engage Columbia Basin Tribes and First Nations as full partners in the planning and implementation of the Treaty moving forward, and ensure river and watershed resilience in the face of an increasingly disrupted climate.

Save Our wild Salmon activities and accomplishments

SOS coordinates legal, policy, communications, and community organizing efforts to inform and engage our constituencies, the public, key stakeholders and elected leaders regionally and nationally. We work closely with the State of Oregon, and with the Nez Perce and other Tribes in the Columbia Basin. Over the course of our 25-year history, our coordinated work has educated and mobilized the public to support policies in the Columbia-Snake watershed that wild salmon and steelhead need in order to recover. As a result of our coalition efforts, we have held federal agencies in the Pacific Northwest accountable for their obligations and responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act and other federal laws.

Since 2000, we have won five consecutive court verdicts invalidating the agencies’ inadequate federal Columbia Basin salmon plans, most recently in Spring 2016. Working with lawyers, coalition leaders, elected officials and members of the public, we have delivered important programs and policies that are giving endangered salmon and steelhead a fighting chance. Our efforts have secured the nation’s largest salmon habitat protection and restoration program - on tributaries to the Columbia and Snake Rivers and in the estuary. Since 2006, working with the Nez Perce Tribe and the State of Oregon, we maintained critical levels of court-ordered “salmon spill” – water releases over the tops of dams during the spring and summer – that has delivered more juvenile salmon and steelhead past the federal system of dams to the Pacific Ocean more quickly and safely. In 2017, our alliance fought for and won additional spill for provide further help for imperiled salmon starting in spring of 2018.

Our work, of course, is far from done.

 

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Save Our wild Salmon
811 First Avenue #305
Seattle, WA 98104
USA
joseph@wildsalmon.org
206-300-1003

Last Edited on 2017-10-07

Founded in 1991, Save Our wild Salmon (SOS) is a coalition of northwest and national conservation organizations, commercial and sportsfishing associations, businesses, river groups and clean energy advocates working together to protect and restore self-sustaining, abundant, and harvestable populations of salmon and steelhead to the rivers, streams and marine waters of the Pacific Salmon states for the benefit of people and ecosystems.

We focus our collective efforts on the Columbia and Snake River Basin, where in the time of Lewis and Clark up to 16 million wild salmon and steelhead returned each year. Today, adult returns of wild salmon and steelhead to the Snake River - the Columbia's largest tributary - can be counted in the tens of thousands. Thirteen populations at risk of extinction are listed under the Endangered Species Act - including all four remaining Snake River stocks. Join our campaign to help us restore these critically endangered salmon and steelhead populations by:

  • Securing a legally valid, science-based Federal Salmon Plan that restores a resilient and freely flowing lower Snake River and expands "spill" at the federal dams that remain, and
  • Modernizing the 50 year-old U.S. - Canada Columbia River Treaty to include ecosystem-based function - the health of the river - as a new essential Treaty purpose in order to better protect the river, its fish and wildlife populations and the communities that rely on them.

With these actions, we can protect and begin to restore the Pacific Northwest's wild salmon and steelhead and the irreplaceable ecological, economic and cultural benefits they provide to residents of the Northwest and nation.

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Joseph Bogaard, Executive Director
Seattle, Washington

bogaard copyJoseph began working for Save Our Wild Salmon in 1996. He first got hooked on Northwest salmon restoration efforts while in graduate school where he authored a paper in the early-1990s, exploring the then-relatively recent Snake River salmon listings under the Endangered Species Act, and how it might impact the region and its federal lands and dams. Before joining the SOS team, Joseph spent many years teaching and working in the forests and mountains of the West. Today, Joseph lives on Vashon Island with his wonderful wife Amy and two children Liesl and Jeremiah.

 

Sam Mace, Inland Northwest Director
Spokane, Washington

sam.staff.pageSam learned to love rivers and salmon growing up in the Oregon Coast Range, perhaps pre-ordained by being given the middle name of Anne. She first got involved in conservation work graduating Reed College. Sam first got involved in efforts to protect Snake River wild salmon and steelhead 15 years ago working for the Idaho Wildlife Federation. She’s worked for SOS since 2004. Sam lives in Spokane with her dog and her sweetheart, and spends her free time fishing, hiking and gardening.

 

Board of Directors

Tom Stuart, President,
Idaho Rivers United Representative (Idaho)

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Tom Stuart and is a lifelong fisherman, a retired USAF aviator, HR specialist, and central Idaho business owner. His commitment to NW salmon recovery led him to Idaho Rivers United, where he has served for years as a board member and representative to SOS. Educated in Physics, History, Teacher Education and Business, he has been personally involved in salmon and steelhead restoration efforts in state, regional, and national venues and decision processes since 1990.

He says, “Serving the Save our wild Salmon (SOS) Coalition, with its diverse membership, strong leaders and committed staff representing 6 million people nationwide, is a huge honor and responsibility. If we work together, I know we can succeed in bringing back wild salmon to many Northwest watersheds.”

Tom and wife Anne Pasley-Stuart live in Boise and Stanley, Idaho. Their daughter Lisa and family live in nearby Eagle.

 

Norm Ritchie, Board of Directors, Vice President
Association of NW Steelheaders' Government Affairs Director (Oregon)

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Norm has been fishing ever since he moved to Oregon in the early 1950s. Since then he has increased his involvement to include volunteering for stream surveys, serving on the boards of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders (ANWS) chapters and holding president and co-president titles in the association. ANWS is a member based organization of sports anglers dedicated to restoring and enhancing salmon, trout and steelhead populations and their habitats for present and future generations. Norm has written many "how to" articles and was appointed by the governor to the Salmon Trout Advisory Committee late last year. Norm is the newest member of the board, appointed in 2004.

 

Joel Kawahara, Treasurer
Coastal Trollers Association (Washington State)

smjoelJoel Kawahara is a commercial fisherman in Washington and Alaska. He is an active member of the Coastal Trollers Association and has sat on the board of Save Our Wild Salmon for many years. Joel also serves on the board of the Alaska Trollers Association and has served for more than a decade as a member of the Habitat Committee for the Pacific Fisheries Management Council.

 

 

Rhett Lawrence, Secretary
Sierra Club (Oregon)

r lawrenceRhett Lawrence is the Conservation Director for the Oregon Chapter. A Sierra Club member since 1990, Rhett was deeply involved in volunteer activities and Club outings when he lived in south Georgia in the 1990s. He was the Georgia Chapter's issue leader for the Okefenokee Swamp and fought vigorously in an ultimately successful effort to stop the DuPont Corporation from building a titanium mine on the edge of the Okefenokee. Rhett was also heavily involved in the chapter's efforts around the Cumberland Island National Seashore and the conflicts with the wilderness area there.

A native of South Carolina, Rhett received a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Emory University and a J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law. After law school, he worked for Georgia Legal Services in Waycross, Georgia for 5 years and had the honor of arguing one of his cases in front of the Georgia Supreme Court (he won!). Rhett moved to Oregon in 2000 to head up the Clean Water and Toxics programs for OSPIRG. Prior to coming to the Oregon Chapter, Rhett served six years as the Policy Analyst for the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition. In that capacity, he worked on the campaign to restore endangered Columbia/Snake River salmon by removing the costly and outdated lower Snake River dams in eastern Washington.

Before the birth of his daughter, Camille, in 2005, Rhett was involved in many outdoor activities, some of which he still finds time to do now, between swim classes, soccer games, and Girl Scout meetings. Rhett and his wife, LeeAnn Friedman, enjoy taking Camille out on hikes, bike rides, and the occasional paddle on the Columbia Slough. And though Rhett's primary mountain climbing days seem to be behind him now, he maintains he will summit Mt. Hood with Camille for his 50th birthday in 2018.

 

Brian Brooks
Idaho Wildlife Federation (Idaho)

brian.brooksBrian grew up in Idaho hunting and fishing in every corner of the state. He has had a fly rod or spinning rod in his hands since he was four years old and began hunting birds at 12. Big game soon followed. Idaho’s extensive system of public lands kept Brian in pursuit of fish and game further and further into the backcountry. Combining the exploration of Idaho’s seemingly limitless wild places with the primal participation in the cycle of life and death, Brian developed a respect and reverence for land and wildlife and the active role sportsmen and women play in their management.

The realization that our accessible public lands, clean waters, and robust fish and wildlife populations didn’t happen on accident motivated Brian to pursue an education that would give him the tools to work to preserve and enhance the opportunities he grew up with for others, forever. He received a B.S. in Conservation Social Science, a Masters of Natural Resources, and a Certificate in Restoration Ecology from the University of Idaho. Brian’s professional experience includes leading habitat restoration and trail crews, forestry, salmon and steelhead restoration planning, wildlife rehab/sanctuary manager, outdoor writer, and natural resource policy.

Brian also enjoys mountain and road biking, skiing and snowboarding, backpacking, and morel hunting.

 

Tom France
National Wildlife Federation (Montana)

tom.france copyTom received his B.A. in History/Political Science and his Juris Doctorate from The University of Montana. In 1981 Tom accepted a position with the NWF and is currently Senior Director of Western Wildlife Conservation in NWF's Missoula, MT office.

He also supervises the natural resource clinic program, run in cooperation with the University of Montana School of Law. Tom has participated on the Advisory Committee to the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment on coal leasing and the Hydro Assessment Steering Committee of the Northwest Power Planning Council. He is a past member of the Montana Environmental Quality Council and past-Chairman of the Missoula Solid Waste Task Force.

Tom also served on the Missoula Mayor's Roundtable and the Governor’s Yellowstone Grizzly Bear roundtable. Tom is a past Chairman of the Board for the High Country News Foundation and is currently Chairman of the Board for the Clark Fork Coalition. Tom has been involved in campaigns to restore wolves and grizzlies in the northern Rockies, reform hard rock mining in the West, and promote effective private lands conservation through the Farm Bill.

 

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NW Energy Coalition (Oregon)

Wendy is Policy Director for the NW Energy Coalition. Prior to joining the Coalition, Wendy worked as a policy analyst for Sustainable Northwest focusing on federal land management and rural economic development issues. She has also worked for Portland General Electric in the areas of greenhouse gas reporting and corporate footprint monitoring.  Her work with the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission provided her with a deep appreciation for the importance of water, salmon and clean energy in our region. For fun, Wendy enjoys hiking, biking and exploring Portland’s wonderful farmers markets with her family.

 

Steve Mashuda
Earthjustice (Washington State)
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Steve Mashuda joined the Board of Save Our Wild Salmon in 2002 and has been helping with litigation for the campaign as Earthjustice's Save Our Wild Salmon Project Attorney since 2000. Steve graduated from Vermont Law School where he also earned a Master of Studies in Environmental Law in 1997. Prior to joining the Northwest Office of Earthjustice, Steve spent two years as an associate attorney in Earthjustice's Northern Rockies Office in Bozeman, Montana. In his spare time, Steve (mostly unsuccessfully) chases after salmon and steelhead with his fly rod and (more successfully) photographs his friends with their catches. He looks forward to a day when wild salmon and steelhead are recovered and abundant in the Columbia River basin so his kids won't have to travel to Alaska to have a shot at catching their first wild steelhead.

 

Wendy McDermott
American Rivers (Washington State)

Wendy GrandCanyonWendy joined the SOS Board in 2016. She has worked for American Rivers since 2013 and is based in Bellingham, WA. Currently, Wendy is the Director of their Puget Sound and Columbia Basin Program where she works on integrated watershed planning, Wild and Scenic River designations, FERC hydropower processes, floodplain restoration, and climate change adaptation. Before coming to American Rivers, Wendy was the River Program Director for the San Juan Citizens Alliance in Durango, CO, where she worked on collaborative watershed planning projects including improving flows in the Dolores River. Prior to her time at San Juan Citizens Alliance, she was the Executive Director for the High Country Citizens Alliance in Crested Butte, CO, where she worked on issues including defending the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park’s rights to environmental flows for the Gunnison River and preventing a large-scale, industrial molybdenum mine on Mt. Emmons. She has a Master of Science in Cultural and Environmental Resource Management from Central Washington University and Bachelor’s degree in biology from Western State College of Colorado. Wendy is an avid telemark skier (tele’s not dead), whitewater rafter, hiker, and loves spending time with her dog Piper.

 

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National Resources Defense Council (Washington D.C.)

Bobby is a public lands expert who concentrates on issues surrounding energy development on the nation's public lands. He is primarily focused on promoting sustainable practices on Bureau of Land Management lands while also taking a critical approach to less desirable energy processes such as oil shale extraction in the West. Before joining NRDC, Bobby worked extensively on initiatives to protect ecologically important lands within the Rocky Mountain region where he was born and raised. He is an alumnus of the College of Idaho.

 

 

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Washington Wildlife Federation (Washington State)

Steve is an Alaska, Bristol Bay, commercial fisherman. He is retired from the Boeing Company where he held various financial and contract management positions.  Steve has been active with Washington Wildlife Federation since 1993, having served previous terms as vice-president and president.  He is also  currently Treasurer of Washington Wildlife Federation and a vice-president.

 

Bob Rees
Northwest Guides and Anglers Association (Oregon)

bob_w_steelhead_smallBob Rees is the founder and president of the NW Guides and Anglers Association (NWGAA). A licensed charter boat operator and fishing guide, Bob formerly worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the National Marine Fisheries Service conducting seasonal positions between Oregon and Alaska. A native Oregonian, Bob grew up fishing NW Oregon in pursuit of salmon, steelhead and sturgeon and his business and industry rely heavily on the health of Columbia River fisheries. He has been involved in countless conservation measures and stands by the Association's mission to protect, enhance and promote healthy sportfisheries and the ecosystems they depend on in the Pacific Northwest. Bob's great grandfather once owned an island upstream of what is now The Dalles Dam. The island submerged, Bob now advocates for the recovery of listed Snake River fish so they don't meet the same fate of what would have been his heritage.

 

Glen Spain, Board of Directors
Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations (Oregon)

smglenSince 1992, Glen Spain has served as the Northwest Regional Director and Salmon Protection Program Director for Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations (PCFFA), the west coast's largest trade association for commercial fishing families, and is the founder and Program Director for the Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR), which directs PCFFA's Salmon Protection Program. For nearly 30 years he has been a vocal advocate for salmon watershed restoration on both private and public lands, has served on numerous advisory committees and Boards in both California and Oregon, and currently serves on several advisory committees dealing with water pollution and salmon protection standards. Glen received his law degree from New College School of Law in San Francisco, CA and practiced law for 18 years prior to joining PCFFA as full-time staff.

 

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