In the aftermath of the presidential election, there is no question that our country is more divided than ever.
We at the Wild Salmon Center have always worked closely with people across the political spectrum. The protection of the rivers we love transcends party politics, bringing together board, staff, supporters, and friends from all walks.
Our common ground is places like the teeming sockeye spawning grounds of Alaska’s Bristol Bay, the eel grass beds at the mouth of British Columbia’s Skeena River, and the mature forests of Oregon’s North Coast. These places not only support abundant salmon runs, but also tens of thousands of jobs, drinking water for communities, ample outdoor recreation, food and cultural continuity for native people, and healthy wildlife populations.
And let’s not forget the sense of reverence these places stir in all of us. Indeed, that awe is what binds us together as much as anything. We need to make sure that our kids and their generation can experience that and rally around it, as well.
There is a long history of people in the conservation movement banding together to protect our most cherished places.
Now more than ever, we need to stand up for wild salmon and the rivers they call home.
Our commitment to protecting salmon strongholds will not waiver. We hope you’ll remain committed alongside us.
Guido Rahr, CEO, Wild Salmon Center