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Born to Be Wild: How Science Can Inform Recovery

A photo of a chinook salmon with red spawning colors, in a shallow section of river where it sits with only its underside in the water.Historically, the Columbia River basin (including the Snake and Salmon Rivers) was the most productive Chinook salmon habitat in the world. Today all Snake River populations are federally listed under the Endangered Species Act and at risk of extirpation. Results of decades-long collaborative research has advanced knowledge of the landscape and local biophysical conditions and processes that influence salmon habitat, and the distribution, diversity, persistence, and recovery of wild salmon. Research results highlight that essential building blocks for recovery persist in the MFSR, however, recovery is limited by outside-basin factors. These data may be applied to inform effective salmon recovery strategies across the Snake River basin.

In this short webinar, Russ Thurow:

  • Described the history, status, and trends of salmon and steelhead populations in the broader Columbia and Snake river basins
  • Discussed Chinook salmon populations within central Idaho’s Middle Fork Salmon River basin (MFSR)
  • Took questions and feedback


June 10, 2020