Salmon recovery organization releases partnership video.
Produced by Wenatchee-based Howell at the Moon Productions, the video tells the story underlying salmon recovery efforts in the region.
While salmon have inhabited the Columbia River for millennia, "The Power of Partnership" picks up the story in the late 1990s with the listing of spring Chinook, steelhead and bull trout in the Upper Columbia basin under the Endangered Species Act.
The subsequent restrictions imposed by the ESA listings began to impinge on local cultural practices, including farming. In response, a unique partnership of agencies, tribes, regional governments, non-profit organizations and private citizens reached across cultural and political boundaries to craft a recovery plan for the salmon to ensure local control of the recovery effort.
Derek Van Marter, associate director for board, said the cultural significance of their efforts for Native American populations could not be understated. One of his hopes for the video is that it would help businesses understand how affective collaborative partnerships could be. Habitat and restoration efforts have the potential to increase job opportunities in the valley, he said.
"These numbers are certainly encouraging," Van Marter said. "But we have to keep in mind that all salmon runs are at a fraction of their pre-settlement levels. While these returns are encouraging, we still have a long way to go to achieve the recovery goals we've collectively agreed need to be met."
The video can be seen at the organization's web site, www.ucsrb.com. A limited number of DVDs are also available for outreach and education efforts for schools, non-profits and salmon recovery partners.