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Save Our Wild Salmon

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...
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<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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Nisqually BillyFrankJr2 studioshotMay 5, 2014

“Today, the Pacific Northwest lost a giant among salmon champions, Billy Frank, Jr.

Mr. Frank was a tireless, eloquent, warm, humorous, passionate, unrelenting and effective advocate for salmon and their rivers, for Indian people and Tribal treaty rights.

Mr. Frank's life of activism began as a teenager on the Nisqually River in the 1940s. He rapidly became a respected and formidable leader of the decades-long struggle for the right of tribal people to fish for salmon. His at times confrontational style (Mr. Frank was arrested dozens of times) helped bring national and international attention to injustice against Tribal people. His activities helped lay the foundation for the 1974 landmark Boldt Decision that affirmed the right of Tribes to harvest half of the fish returning to the region’s waters and established Tribes as co-managers of the resource.

In the decades since, his work to recover salmon, restore rivers, bring people together, and effect constructive change has known no equal. He fought steadfastly for salmon, rivers, watersheds, and wildlife on all fronts, and in all venues where progress could be made – in courtrooms, Congress, state capitols, public meetings and one-on-one conversations. Mr. Frank altered forever the landscape of Northwest salmon and Tribal people, and our region is forever changed - diminished - by his passing.  

We send our deepest condolences to all of Mr. Frank’s family, friends, and colleagues, a wide circle that encompasses much of our region – and beyond.

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