Wild Salmon Center

Protecting the healthiest wild salmon and steelhead rivers across the North Pacific.

aka WSC   |   Portland, OR   |  www.wildsalmoncenter.org

Mission

The mission of Wild Salmon Center is to conserve the healthiest wild salmon, steelhead, and trout ecosystems across the North Pacific. We identify the strongest habitat and populations -- what we call "strongholds" for wild fish -- and preemptively protect them for the benefit of the people, wildlife, and jobs that rely on wild salmon to thrive.

Ruling year info

1992

President & CEO

Mr. Guido R. Rahr

Main address

721 NW Ninth Ave Ste 300

Portland, OR 97209 USA

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EIN

94-3166095

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Fisheries (D33)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Successful wild salmon conservation benefits the entire North Pacific. Healthy salmon watersheds around the Pacific Rim are composed of free-flowing rivers and dense forests, which provide clean drinking water and absorb carbon to slow climate change. Salmon fuel a $3 billion fishing industry, supporting tens of thousands of jobs and local communities. Native people have seen the salmon as the life-sustaining centerpiece of their culture for millennia. From grizzly bears to orcas, at least 137 other wildlife species depend on the marine-rich nutrients that salmon provide. In short, when you protect wild salmon you protect forests, food, water, communities, and economies. However, human impacts from mining to logging to dam-building have decimated wild fish numbers to date, and bringing salmon back from the brink is much more difficult (and costly) than conserving them from the start. WSC is working to "get in early" and protect these ecosystems before the damage has already been done.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Western Pacific Program

The Wild Salmon Center has worked in the Russian Far East since the late 1990s. With our Russian partners we have conducted assessments of the biological diversity, habitat quality, and conservation potential of numerous river basins. Our success has depended on working with local communities and a wide range of stakeholders to ensure the long-term health of the region's wild salmon rivers. We are working to advance salmon habitat conservation, eco-tourism, education and outreach, sustainable fishing practices, and creating local conservation capacity. Work in this program takes place in Kamchatka, Sakhalin, and Khabarovsk.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Indigenous peoples

WSC's North American Program is an effort to create a network of protected wild salmon rivers along the Pacific Rim, focusing on the most productive and species-rich salmon ecosystems in Northern California, coastal Oregon, the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, coastal British Columbia, and Alaska.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Indigenous peoples

WSC is building a scientific network and initiating collaborative applied-research projects with academic and agency partners across the North pacific. This network is comprised of 29 research institutions and agencies including three NGOs, 13 state and federal agencies, and 12 universities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Wild Salmon Center seeks to permanently safeguard healthy and intact wild salmonid populations across the North Pacific -- while they are still healthy -- so they can continue to benefit human communities, sustainable fishing industries, and hundreds of wildlife species that depend on them to thrive.

Wild Salmon Center employs a three-part strategy to conserve wild Pacific salmon by: 1) protecting vital habitat; 2) promoting fish and land management policies that prioritize wild fish and their habitat; and 3) establishing strong partnerships across the Pacific Rim and building capacity for local watershed stewardship groups, who can safeguard these watersheds over the long-term.

Over the last 28 years, WSC has built a strong network of partner NGOs, scientists, and agencies working together across the North Pacific to put wild fish first - and to benefit the millions of people and hundreds of communities that rely on salmon from the Russian Far East to Northern California. We have the significant scientific, legal, communications, and fundraising expertise necessary to 1) identify the healthiest wild salmon watersheds (or "strongholds"), 2) establish close ties with local watershed groups already working to protect them and identify their needs, 3) defend the river from local threats like new dams and mines, and 4) help build capacity at our partner organizations, so they can continue to conserve the watershed far into the future.

Recent achievements in Oregon include reforming forest practices for private land that better protect riparian buffers along streams for wild fish and improve water quality for local communities, securing State Scenic Waterway designation for 17 miles of the Nehalem River, wider riparian buffers on 2,500 miles of salmon streams on private land on the North Coast and the Rogue-Siskiyou region, a permanent ban on suction dredge mining in sensitive fish streams, and the prevention of the sale of the Elliott State Forest to a private logging company.
In Washington, we’ve launched a campaign to stop a 24-story dam from being built on the Chehalis River that threatens critical spawning ground for spring Chinook and steelhead and we're working to remove defunct culverts and other barriers to cold water reaches, and plan to free up 150 miles of spawning and resting habitat for heat-stressed fish.
In British Columbia, we recently helped our partners block a massive LNG terminal planned at the mouth of the Skeena River, atop vital and vulnerable juvenile salmon habitat, and will next work to establish long-term conservation protections for the region. We also helped establish a new Canadian-based NGO called Coastal Rivers Conservancy (CRC) on the BC central coast to conserve vital watersheds like the Dean River and are collaborating with the CRC and the Nuxalk nation to build genetic library of the full range of native salmon and steelhead stock diversity.
In Alaska, we helped block a massive and ill-conceived hydropower dam on the Susitna River, and we're continuing our work to protect Bristol Bay's world-class, $1.5 billion wild salmon fishery and local communities from threats like the Pebble Mine.
Finally in the Russian Far East, we helped secure Protected Area status for over 250,000 acres in the Tugur and Nimelen river basins, and continue our efforts to build their catch-and-release ecotourism economy, educate the public about the social and economic importance of salmon, and combat rampant poaching operations on remote rivers.

Financials

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Wild Salmon Center

Board of directors
as of 4/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Mitch Zuklie

Frank Cassidy

Guido Rahr

Wild Salmon Center

Daniel Plummer

Friends of the Upper Delaware River

Randall Peterman

Fraser Rieche

Calkins & Burke

Rocky Dixon

David Welles

Ilya Sherbovich

John Childs

Ivan Thompson

Nikita Mishin

Kirill Kuzishchin

University of Moscow

Mitch Zuklie

Orrick

Tom Hansen

Loretta Keller

Steven Kohl

Ray Lane

April Vokey

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