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Upcoming Talk 01.11.24 | Restoring Steelhead Habitat

Updated: Dec 27, 2023

Join us on Thursday, January 11th at 6:00 pm via Zoom for the next installment of our Conservation Talk Series!

Snake River steelhead utilize many tributaries to the Snake River within Whitman County. However, degraded stream conditions and perched culverts have rendered some stream reaches within our region inaccessible for steelhead. Local, state, and federal organizations have been working with land managers in the lower Snake River basin to improve fish habitat and encourage population growth in this federally-threatened species. By combining low-cost restoration solutions and cutting-edge technologies, we can better understand where steelhead are in the landscape and target restoration projects that have the greatest potential for restoring and connecting vital habitat. Join us to learn more about Whitman County’s steelhead population and the efforts being done locally to restore fish habitat in the Snake River Salmon Recovery Region.

Unable to join us for this presentation? The recording will be posted here a week after the presentation.


About our speakers

Steve Martin is the Director of the Snake River Salmon Recovery Board. He is no stranger to Snake River salmon recovery efforts, as he previously served as the board’s Director from the board’s inception in 2003 until 2017. From 2017 to 2023, he served as Director of the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office, served as Product Development Manager for a commercial manufacturing company, and was the Assistant Habitat Program Manager for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Steve has four children. He, his wife Jody of 30 years, and their youngest twins reside in Walla Walla but the family “grew up” in Dayton. Steve enjoys fishing steelhead and salmon on the Snake River and tributaries, skiing at bluewood, hunting, and watching his kids' basketball games and track meets. He firmly believes in the power of partnerships and enjoys working with conservation organizations within the region and across the Pacific Northwest. He holds a Master’s of Science degree from Eastern Washington University.

Brad Johnson is the Resource Conservation Program Manager at Palouse Conservation District. He has a B.S. in Biology from Dickinson State University in North Dakota. His first job in the northwest was in the Fisheries Department at the University of Idaho, where he worked with Masters and PhD students. In 1996, he joined the Asotin County Conservation District, where he held various positions leading the administration and implementation of habitat restoration projects for salmonid species listed on the Endangered Species Act. In 2006, Brad joined the Asotin County Public Utility District as the WRIA 35 Watershed Director, where he worked with County Commissioners in four counties, landowners, technical agencies, two tribal governments, and community members to complete the Middle Snake Watershed Plan. With PCD, Brad works with steelhead recovery projects in Garfield and Whitman Counties.

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