The Nature Conservancy

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The Central Valley Salmon Habitat Partnership brings together state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, farmers, water agencies, and fishermen to identify, prioritize and implement actions that will restore habitat to support diverse and abundant salmon and steelhead populations. By working across disciplines, Partnership members provide expertise on a broad range of issues, from scientific study to securing permits for habitat restoration. This cross-disciplinary approach will allow the Partnership to move from concept to implementation quickly and efficiently to benefit struggling fish populations.

The Partnership prioritizes:

  • Science-based objectives and regional habitat objectives
  • Coordinated action across state, federal and local governments and private landowners, conservation groups and other involved parties
  • Recovery and maintenance of viable, self-sustaining spring-run and winter-run chinook salmon and Central Valley steelhead populations
  • Restoration and maintenance of robust and commercially and recreationally viable fall-run late-fall chinook salmon

The Central Valley Salmon Habitat Partnership launched in August 2017. The Partnership’s first order of business will be to identify, find funding for, and execute the best opportunities to improve salmon habitat. By approaching habitat restoration in a collaborative, outcomes-based manner, the Partnership hopes to see meaningful improvement in habitat conditions relatively quickly. An implementation plan will highlight measurable, geographically-specific goals within a set timeframe to improve the prospects of these fish. Because both public agencies and private organizations are currently involved in habitat restoration, this unified approach ensures that the most important projects will be implemented first, maximizing the opportunities for these native fish to recover and thrive.

Founding members of the Central Valley Salmon Habitat Partnership include:

  • American Rivers
  • The Bay Institute
  • CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
  • CA Dept. of Water Resources
  • CA Natural Resources Agency
  • California Sportfishing Protection Alliance
  • California Trout
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • The Golden Gate Salmon Association
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • NOAA Fisheries
  • NOAA Habitat Conservation – Restoration Center
  • Northern California Water Association
  • Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations
  • Institute for Fisheries Resources
  • River Partners
  • State and Federal Contractors Water Agency
  • The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy
  • Trout Unlimited
  • US Bureau of Reclamation
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service