Salmon Safe is a Portland-based nonprofit group that works with companies and farmers to keep watersheds clean.
It’s been around for about 15 years, and is a well-known label in western Washington and Oregon, according to Jeri Timm, Salmon Safe coordinator for Trout Unlimited. Timm said Trout Unlimited uses the Salmon Safe certification as a tool to convince farmers to improve their irrigation efficiency, or reduce farm erosion.
About 65,000 acres of farmland in Washington and Oregon are now certified, and the program is expanding into British Columbia, she said.
What: Feast of Field and Stream dinner with Salmon Safe products
When: 6 p.m. on Sept. 2
Where: Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Winthrop
Cost: $65 per dinner ticket
Proceeds: Benefits Trout Unlimited’s work with farms and landowners in Okanogan County.
Information: Call 881-7690.
With support from Trout Unlimited, it’s also moving east of the mountains, where 11 farms in North Central Washington, from Leavenworth to Tonasket, are now certified.
Timm said Trout Unlimited, with help from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, offers grants to help farmers if costly measures are needed to bring them into compliance, such as making their irrigation system more efficient or fencing off livestock from a river.
And, Timm said, while the farms currently certified in North Central Washington are small, Trout Unlimited hopes to work with larger farms and orchardists, and expand the program so the label is recognized in Eastern Washington, too.