20 Years


As we celebrate our 20 years of coalition building to fight for wild Northwest salmon and steelhead, we'll reflect here on our successes and the challenges that lay ahead uniting people for salmon, rivers, and jobs. We have also launched our 20th anniversary fundraising drive -

Help us reach our $50,000 goal by June 10!

Learn more about our thank-you gifts and raffle prizes


We Did It! - Thank you for helping us exceed our goal.

thanks2All of us at the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition express our deepest gratitude to our supporters, partners and allies across the country for helping us reach our 20th anniversary fundraising goal of $50,000.  Thanks to your efforts we exceeded our goal, coming in just under $56,000.

In addition to all of our individual donors, this success would not have been possible without the support of the following coalition partners and business allies:

American RiversAssociation of Northwest SteelheadersBoulder-White Clouds CouncilEarthjusticeGranite GearIdaho River AdventuresIdaho Rivers United Idaho Salmon and Steelhead UnitedInstitute for Fisheries ResourcesiobyJensen’s SmokehouseKEENKlean KanteenThe Lands Council Light & MotionMountain KhakisNorthwest Guides and Anglers AssociationNW Energy CoalitionOsprey PacksPatagoniaPetzlSaviah CellarsSierra ClubTacticsTrout UnlimitedWashington Trollers Association – Woodshouse Foundation

Grand Prize Raffle Winners!
Congratulations to the following winners of our grand prize raffle:

Beth Milliken from Saint Helena, CA – Beth won a Granite Gear - Nimbus Trace 62L multi-day backpack and a Petzl - Tikka 2 plus headlamp

Michael Rossotto from Seattle, WA – Michael won 2 lbs. of wild-caught smoked salmon from Jensen's Smokehouse and a magnum of Big Sky Cuvee from Walla Walla, WA vinters at Saviah.

Craig Mankowski from Naperville, IL – Craig won an Osprey Packs - Momentum 26 bike commuter pack and Light & Motion - Urban 180 bike light.


Thank you again for your generosity and support as we celebrate our 20th year uniting people for salmon, rivers, and jobs!

Salmon Supporters Help SOS Reach Fundraising Goal

Well, we made it! Thanks to YOU, we have officially reached our goal of raising $50,000 for our 20th Anniversary uniting people for salmon, rivers, and jobs. Not only that, but we exceeded our goal, proving that salmon supporters are once again the very best. The final tally brings us in at just under $56,000!

Without the generous spirit of our supporters across the country, this would not have happened.

As other river restoration projects proceed on the Elwha, White Salmon, and Penobscot Rivers, we are motivated more than ever to help return wild salmon and steelhead to sustainable and harvestable levels once again on the Columbia-Snake.


Patagonia Gifts 20 Grand for SOS’ 20th

patagonia.mtn.logoPatagonia has hit it out of the park by announcing a gift of $20,000 in recognition of our 20th Anniversary uniting people for salmon, rivers, and jobs.

This generosity puts our fundrasing total at $48,445. Only $1,555 left to go to reach our goal. Help us cross the finish line with a donation today.

For 14 years, Patagonia, its stores and its people have supported our work to save wild salmon and steelhead that western people and watersheds depend on - with mobilization, publicity, creative design, product donations, event sponsorship, training, contact with three administrations, seven Congresses, and seven governors, linking us into their own conservation initiatives, championing us to fellow businesses.  And funding, usually at the times we most needed it.

YVON.chouinardSays Yvon Chouinard, Founder of Patagonia, "Save Our wild Salmon is leading one of America's most important citizen initiatives, to restore the lower Snake River and its wild salmon by removing four outdated dams.  Patagonia and I are proud to be partners in their work."  Patagonia was one of the nearly 1,200 signers on the “Salmon Mean Business” letter sent to President Obama last August.

Patagonia recently posted a blog at The Cleanest Line from our executive director Pat Ford thanking them for their many years of support. Read it over on the Cleanest Line.

Inspired by Patagonia’s gift? Help get us reach our $50,000 goal.
We’re so close! You can get us there. Please donate to Save Our Wild Salmon and you'll be entered to win some great prizes.


We’ve met our matching grant through Woodshouse!

salmon.leapThanks to you, we’ve successfully met our matching grant from the Woodshouse Foundation, adding another $10,000 to our 20th Anniversary fundraising. Contributions from SOS member groups and from our grassroots supporters are responsible. 

That puts us at $27,385 - just over halfway towards our goal of $50,000.

There’s still time to donate, receive great thank-you gifts – from Patagonia, Mountain Khakis, and more – AND enter to win some awesome raffle prizes - the drawing will happen June 10.

You can help us reach our $50K goal: Please support our work to restore wild salmon and steelhead with a donation today. And thank you for helping us get there!


Announcing: The Woodshouse Matching Grant

In honor of our 20th year uniting people for salmon, rivers, and jobs, we've launched a fundraising drive with the goal of reaching $50,000 by June 10th. Thanks to your help, we're already a quarter of the way there! Our IOBY project has been successful - now we have a new giving opportunity:

The Woodshouse Grant
Starting today, our friends at the Woodshouse Foundation have offered to MATCH the next $10,000 donated to SOS. That means your contribution today will double!


Going National

From the desk of Pat Ford

NYTimes adSave Our wild Salmon launched our campaign to restore the Snake River and its salmon by removing four dams in 1998.  One objective was to make this a national issue.  An early initiative was four full-page ads in the New York Times in late 1999.

The idea was Dr. Steve Pauley’s, a fisherman with salmon passion and knowledge.  In 1999 the Army Corps of Engineers had an environmental statement underway on dam options for salmon; SOS and our members were organizing massive public comment at hearings and by mail. We were mulling how else to reach Al Gore and the administration. Steve broached the ad idea to Doug Christensen, an Idaho conservation leader with his wife Ann, and Wendy Wilson of Idaho Rivers United.  They began the overlapping jobs of vetting the idea, fundraising, seeking sponsors, and creating content.  


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.




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