We will be working with WDFW and YBEEP, following their guidelines and timelines to ensure a successful first year with raising salmon. Here is a look at their general timeline.
These chinook salmon will be raised at the Arboretum until they are fry (young salmon) and will be released into the Yakima River in late May/early June so they may swim downstream to make it out to the ocean to grow up and eventually return to the Yakima River to spawn and continue the salmon cycle.
The aim of the program isn't just raising fish to help their species recover, it also raises awareness about fish, water quality, habitat, and so much more!
Thank You for Your Support
A huge, tail-swishing, dam jumping thank you to our partner organizations and our Arboretum supporters that made this all happen!
Yakima Basin Environmental Education Program (YBEEP)
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
SeedMoney Garden Grants
Bonnie Hughes and Patrick Feller
Pete and Becky Nissen
Kat Strathmann and Tom Elliott
Shane Smith and Sandy Tobin