The Pacific Northwest, full of lush conifer forests and miles upon miles of rivers, was once full of wild salmon as well. Entire cultures and economies in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho evolved around salmon. Unfortunately, dams now control the flow of many Northwest rivers and streams with the result being extremely high mortality rates for local juvenile salmon and incredibly low rates of return for returning adult salmon that are unable to pass over dams that don't have a fish ladder. Timber harvest and development have also ravaged much of the Northwest landscape, leaving little high quality habitat left for wild salmon.
Trout Unlimited is working to change this though and reconnect and restore critical salmon waterways throughout the Northwest, thereby enabling salmon to reach freshwater habitat that has been inaccessible to them for decades.