Celebrating 20 Years

In 2015, the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Yakama tribes marked 20 years of implementing the SPIRIT OF THE SALMON PLAN and noted their accomplishments with gratitude for the teachings of the elders and strengthened by the spirit of the salmon.

The Columbia River Basin

An Holistic Approach

Tribal Successes

Snake River Fall Chinook

The Nez Perce Tribe has been instrumental in rescuing this salmon run. ... Learn More »

Cle Elum Sockeye Reintroduction

Thanks to the efforts of the Yakama Nation, sockeye salmon are once more returning to this Washington lake. ... Learn More »

Reversing the Decline

Prior to 1995, salmon were declining throughout the basin with some runs extremely threatened or even extinct. Today thanks to tribal, federal, and state restoration efforts, every salmon species is increasing and some extinct runs have been restored.

Science & Tribal Knowledge

This plan brings together ancient tribal wisdom with modern scientific knowledge to create a holistic salmon recovery plan for the Columbia River basin.