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What Salmon Recovery Gives Us
Salmon recovery stimulates local and rural economies in Washington
Every $1 million spent on forest and watershed restoration generates between 15.7 and 23.8 jobs.
Every $1 million spent on forest and watershed restoration generates $2.2 million to $2.5 million in economic activity.
Salmon restoration funding since 1999 has resulted in more than $1 billion in total economic activity.
Salmon recovery supports healthy, harvestable salmon, which in turn supports the recreational, commercial, and tribal fishing economies and related businesses; provides an economic boost to rural communities; and enriches the Northwest way of life.
Salmon recovery gives back to our communities and enjoyment of nature
reduce flood risks for communities.
provide clean and reliably available water essential for drinking and irrigation.
Healthy forests and estuaries
absorb carbon, offer refuge for wildlife, and provide economic opportunity for rural communities and recreation for outdoor enthusiasts. Estuaries provide particularly important habitat for Chinook salmon to rest, eat, and grow before heading to the ocean.
provides outdoor places for recreation, such as swimming, fishing, and boating, and for educational opportunities.
A balanced food web
sustains many species that depend on salmon, such as bears, eagles, and orcas. The diet of resident orcas is nearly exclusively salmon.