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2017 Salmon Recovery Conference, Washington

We are at a critical point in the journey. The 2017 Salmon Recovery Conference can help set the direction for the next 15 years. Be a part of it!
When Apr 25, 2017 10:35 AM to
Apr 27, 2017 10:35 AM
Where Wenatchee Convention Center, Wenatchee, WA
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April 25-27, 2017 
Wenatchee Convention Center Wenatchee, WA

Abstracts are being accepted through January 17, 2017.

Can you imagine Washington State without salmon?

When salmon got listed, the state of Washington and many tribal nations supported the unprecedented establishment of regional salmon recovery organizations and lead entities, the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office, and the Salmon Recovery Funding Board to guide locally driven salmon recovery.

Seventeen years in, these organizations now coordinate the work of thousands of people across our state to restore our rivers, streams, forests, and shorelines. The Salmon Recovery Funding Board has funded more than 2,000 community-based projects, and invested almost $500 million across the state, demonstrating that habitat restoration and improved fish passage do in fact help salmon populations.

But it’s not enough. We continue to face an uphill battle for salmon recovery, made even steeper by increasing pressures from a growing human population and the impacts of climate change.

  • What will it take to fully implement the recovery plans and realize salmon recovery and all the additional benefits that it provides our communities?

  • What do we know today that we didn’t know when we launched this effort?

  • What are our priorities for the next 15 years?

These are the questions we seek to address at the 2017 Salmon Recovery Conference. Will you add your voice, experience, and knowledge to the dialogue?

We are at a critical point in the journey.  The 2017 Salmon Recovery Conference can help set the direction for the next 15 years. Be a part of it!

Who Attends the Conference?

Since 2007, the Salmon Recovery Conference has grown from a one-day event attended by 300 people to its current format of 2.5 days and over 750 attendees. Participants include:

  • Salmon recovery project managers
  • Staff from land trusts, fishery enhancement groups, watershed councils, and conservation districts
  • Tribal members and staff
  • State, federal, city, and county employees
  • Planners
  • Landowners
  • Hatchery workers, fishing professionals, sport fishers
  • Fish scientists, restoration ecologists, wetland biologists, project engineers, hydrologists
  • Educators, students, community volunteers
  • Others active in salmon recovery in Washington, Oregon, and along the Pacific Coast.


The conference will begin at 8 a.m. on April 25 and wrap up by 12:30 p.m. on April 27. The agenda is under development.


Registration for the conference will open in January 2017.

Advisory Committee

Representatives from the following organizations serve on the conference advisory committee:

Salmon Recovery Funding Board
Recreation and Conservation Office
Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office
Washington Salmon Coalition
Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups
Council of Regions
Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board
Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Pyramid Communications
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Long Live the Kings


Session proposals due November 4, 2016
Session chairs notified of status December 14, 2016
Call for abstracts opens December 19, 2016
Early registration opens January 6, 2017
Abstracts due January 17, 2017
Abstract authors notified of status February 6, 2017
Regular registration opens March 1, 2017
Online registration closes April 10, 2017
Conference April 25-27, 2017

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