Youth Salmon Protectors
YSP is a program of the Idaho Conservation League working to build a coalition of young people across the Northwest dedicated to honoring tribal treaties, breaching the 4 Lower Snake River dams, and saving wild salmon and steelhead.
Wild Salmon & Steelhead Are Going Extinct
Wild anadromous fish are foundational to our Northwest identity. They sustain our Columbia River Basin ecosystem as keystone species on which 137 different animals depend. They have been integral to indigenous culture and religion for millennia. They are central to our rafting and ecotourism industries. And yet, due to four unnecessary dams, these fish, and everything they stand for, are going extinct. The status quo is not working, and time is running out. We demand bold political leadership to restore ecologically significant, harvestable populations of wild salmon and steelhead to the Snake River Basin.
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Rep. Simpson's Proposal
In 2021 U.S. Congressman Mike Simpson’s proposal created a path forward for the Northwest and kickstarted conversations across the region. The proposal was bold, comprehensive, and urgently needed for Idahoans and salmon. Since then, as the grassroots movement grows to save salmon from extinction, so does the idea to remove the 4 lower Snake River dams and protect integral river ecosystems for people and species alike.
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What We're Up To
Boise High Students Pay Gov. Little a Visit
We presented at the "We Are Brave" summit and delivered over 700 postcards from all over Idaho asking Gov. Little to Free the Snake
Camping Trip at Lower Granite Dam
Rule #1: Know thy enemy. We didn't see any salmon, but we did see a lot of misinformation at the BPA office. It's time to get rid of these stupid dams!
International Day of Action for Rivers
Banner drops in Portland (pictured), Vancouver, Bend, Boise, Pocatello, and Walla Walla this weekend.
Salmon Tag at Woodstock Elementary
Students at Woodstock School in Portland learned about Snake River salmon and wrote postcards to Sen. Merkley and President Biden.
Yoga For Good
We raised over $300 to save the salmon and got our morning workout in at Payette Brewing in Boise
Trivia Night at Lost Grove
Boise State folks educated and organized everyone at Lost Grove Brewing to write a postcard to save the salmon!
Swifties for Salmon Night
Taylor Swift karaoke was a blast while we made sheet banners and art to share with our community. Taytay would be proud.
December 10th Banner Drop
We are calling on Gov. Little and Sen. Crapo to take action to honor indigenous treaties and free the Lower Snake River.
Week of Action Postcard Delivery
We delivered nearly 300 postcards to Idaho's elected officials from our Week of Action postcard writing day.
Eastlake High Postcard Drive
Students in Sammamish, WA wrote over 100 postcards asking Sen. Murray to take decisive action and save Snake River salmon and Puget Sound orcas.
December Week of Action
The week of action with the Snake River Savers is over, but you can still participate in many of the actions we organized!
Fabric Patch Making at Roots
We invited the community to get creative with us! These pieces will be added to a giant banner in conjunction with One Stone School.
30th Anniversary of ESA Listing
To commemorate the listing of Sockeye salmon on the ESL, youth organized demonstrations across the Northwest.
Visit to Lowell Elementary
We presented to 6th graders at Lowell Elementary to talk about Simpson's plan, write postcards, and play salmon tag.
In the News
Youth Salmon Protectors Play Tag With Idaho School Kids
"The students learned about the importance of salmon to the ecosystem and to indigenous people, and the impacts the four lower Snake River dams and climate change have on them."
Idaho Student Activists Push For Dams To Be Removed To Save Salmon
"Idaho youth activists are making their voices heard once again, this time in regards to Rep. Mike Simpson’s (R-Idaho) Columbia Basin initiative that would ensure funding is set aside in the federal infrastructure bill to breach the four lower Snake River dams in order to save the state's dwindling wild salmon population."
Opinions & Letters to the Editor
Guest Opinion: Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo should come to the table around Northwest Salmon solution
"Decades ago, Crapo was influential in protecting the Owyhee Canyonlands and the Boulder-White Clouds. I only wish he was still willing to take bold action and find common ground with his colleagues across the aisle when so much hangs in the balance."
Molly Richins LTE
"In my family, we believe that God created everything that is beautiful about the world. He put water in the rivers and oceans and he planted the forests that line their banks. He created the orcas to swim in the oceans and the eagles to fly in the sky. And then he created the salmon to connect all of these things."
Trinity Compton LTE
"I care about wild salmon and steelhead because the rivers that bring abundance to my home state depend on them. The outdoors are what make Idaho great. I‘ve grown up swimming, rafting, and fishing, and I can’t imagine generations after me not being able to do the same."
Nekane Powell LTE
"Right now we are damming our fish to extinction. And with it, we are letting everything that Idaho was founded on die."
Conor McCall LTE
"I’m so excited that Congressman Simpson has given the Northwest a chance to save the salmon. I’m asking Sen. Mike Crapo to support Congressman Simpson’s Columbia Basin Initiative and breach the four Lower Snake River dams."
Emma Combs LTE
"These elected officials have shown that they don’t want to even come to the table and talk about dam breaching or engage in conversation with their constituents. I encourage Idaho politicians to take youth voices seriously, especially when robbing us and our descendants of once-renowned wild salmon and steelhead."
Shiva Rajbhandari LTE
"We don’t need another study or long process that only runs down the clock toward extinction. The science is clear: we must breach the dams within the next 10 years or wild salmon and the 137 animals which depend on them, thousands of years of tribal culture, will all be lost."