Idaho is salmon country. We name our rivers, towns and businesses after the fish. Yet, it’s true that if we don’t change the status quo on how we manage this iconic species – they will disappear from Idaho waters forever.
All of Idaho’s salmon are listed as endangered and continue a spiral of heavy decline, with only 2% of the populations remaining. (In 2018, only 13 wild sockeye returned to Idaho. The recovery goal is 2,500.)
Mother Nature has been telling us for years that we are missing the real problem – yet we continue to throw billions of dollars and resources at salmon recovery and an aging system. With new leadership lined up, it is time to tell Governor-elect Brad Little that you care. What is your story about salmon? Does your business depend on it? Do you have traditions built around fall steelhead season?
ICL is proud of our continued and steadfast efforts to save this keystone species. Within the last year alone, we have approached this issue from an energy standpoint, worked towards dam mitigation, advocated for better habitat, and hosted public awareness events. However, we know more needs to be done – and we need your help.
We will continue to challenge the status quo, and we also ask you to join us in our efforts. Help us commit to an Idaho that includes a healthy salmon and steelhead population. Idaho’s new leadership needs to hear from you!