Salmon and Steelhead
We are working to permanently protect places that offer the unique habitat that Idaho’s fish need. Several species of salmon and steelhead trout are threatened with extinction. Spawning streams that flow into Idaho’s Snake, Salmon and Clearwater Rivers are recognized as some of the most important habitat for promoting the survival of Idaho’s native fish.
Debate over the lower Snake River dams has been a primary focus. But we must also ensure that forest and rangeland management in the headwater spawning streams protects clean water and the diverse habitat that these fish need. As climate change affects water temperatures and the timing of snowmelt, the relative importance of Idaho’s high-elevation salmon and steelhead habitat will increase.