Native Fish Society

Native Fish Society envisions a Pacific Northwest abundant in wild fish, free-flowing rivers, and thriving local communities. We exist to cultivate a groundswell of public support by empowering everyday people to take action on behalf of wild fish, our homewaters, and our communities.

Our work is focused on forging lasting relationships to educate, inspire, and mobilize everyone in keeping fish and rivers forever wild. We accomplish this work through policy and advocacy efforts, coalition building, conservation campaigns, hosting trainings and gatherings, and citizen science monitoring efforts. Through our River Steward and Fellowship programs, Native Fish Society empowers passionate advocates and provides them with the tools, resources, and strategies necessary to run effective conservation campaigns.

Since our humble beginnings in 1995, Native Fish Society has grown into one of the leading grassroots wild fish conservation organizations in the Pacific Northwest. Today, we have 89 place-based volunteer River Stewards who safeguard their homewaters and protect over 4,000 stream miles in Oregon, vision. Native Fish Society is headquartered in Oregon City, Oregon and has 7
full-time employees, with regional staff in southwest Oregon and Olympia, Washington.

Native Fish Society joined the Rogue Basin Partnership in 2016, and is a member of the Conservation Policy Working Group. Some of our work in the basin includes River Steward Peter Tronquet serving as a public advisory member with ODFW to help develop Conservation Plans for spring and fall Chinook salmon; securing a 20 year mineral withdrawal to protect the headwaters of the Illinois and other southwest Oregon rivers threatened by nickel strip mining; and most recently helping add over a hundred miles of Rogue tributaries to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers system.

To inquire about volunteer opportunities and other conservation priorities, please contact River Steward Program Director, Jake Crawford at jake@nativefishsociety.org.

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