Do you like to fish, or do you live to fish? 

You may not have thought of it this way, but you and the fish have a common concern: mobility. While a traffic jam may cost you time and spawn aggravation, when fish like salmon can't get back and forth from spawning waters to the sea because of a variety of barriers to passage, it's a matter of survival.

It's up to those who manage the lands surrounding fish-bearing streams to do some of the lifting when it comes to protecting very important fish populations. 

For more than a decade, private forest landowners in Washington have used their time in the woods to also go to work to protect the habitat that local salmon, steelhead and other game fish need to thrive. Today, the sustainable forestry cycle that includes growing and harvesting carbon-friendly timber also includes:  

  • Stream buffering -- ensuring streams are cool and clean
  • Road and culvert repair and upgrades -- ensuring clear fish passage on streams running through private and state-managed working forestland
  • Practices guided by science -- thorough analysis and research constantly improves the process and the outcomes 

The result? More than 60,000 miles of stream habitat across Washington are now accessible and habitable for salmon and other fish that are so important to our region.

We're sharing information about ongoing collaboration to save fish populations for future generations.

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