Salmon-Safe offers a series of peer-reviewed certification programs linking land management practices with the protection of agricultural and urban watersheds. Whether the site is an organic farm in northern California, an orchard in the Skagit Valley, a Walla Walla vineyard, or a Seattle-area corporate campus, certification requires management practices that protects water quality and restore habitat. Salmon-Safe also is introducing innovative new programs focused on site design and development, as well as an accreditation program for pollution prevention in large-scale construction management.
Salmon-Safe has become a leading U.S. certifier of ecologically sustainable viticulture with more than 250 Oregon and Washington vineyards achieving certification, including nearly half of the wine grape acreage in Oregon's Willamette Valley and a growing number of Washington's most acclaimed producers. Certification for winegrowers focuses on reducing runoff from hillside vineyards and enhancement of native biodiversity on vineyard sites. Learn more about vineyard certification.
Since 1996, Salmon-Safe and its place-based implementation partners have worked with more than 300 West Coast farms to provide incentives for the adoption of practices that protect water quality and fish habitat. Salmon-Safe certified farms include both organic operations and growers using biologically-based integrated pest management. Salmon-Safe and its partners have promoted certified products in more than 300 natural food and mainstream grocery stores. Learn more about farm certification.
Nike led the way as the first corporate adopter of Salmon-Safe practices at their 180-acre World Headquarters campus. With our rigorous project-based approach, Salmon-Safe provides important benefits to landowners including validation of environmental performance, innovation credit under U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program, public credibility, and enhanced operational efficiency and cost savings. Learn more about corporate & university campus certification.
Preparing for pilot phase projects now, Salmon-Safe is developing a green street design and development standard that integrates the principles of low impact development (LID) site design while focusing on habitat vulnerability most critical to reduction of nonpoint source pollution and survival of imperiled fish. Learn more about piloting green infrastructure standards.
Piloted first at Oregon's Pringle Creek Community and the zHome project near Seattle, Salmon-Safe standards for residential development are our most recent effort to promote development that emphasizes landscape-level conservation and protection of biological diversity while serving as a guide for site developers, designers, and land managers. Learn more about certification of residential projects.
Developed in partnership with the city of Portland with the collaboration of many other Northwest municipalities, Salmon-Safe park and natural area certification is a system-wide approach that relies on a comprehensive evaluation of of overall management policies and planning related to habitat and water quality protection. Learn more about certification of parks and natural areas.
Salmon-Safe Golf seeks to inspire a new level of environmental innovation in golf course design and management with respect to the protection of urban water quality and the preservation of imperiled West Coast salmon. The project is a collaboration between Salmon-Safe and our Seattle-based implementation partner Stewardship Partners, with significant input from the Northwest golf industry. Learn more about certification of golf courses.
As Salmon-Safe's first practice-based accreditation program, Salmon-Safe’s program for construction companies engages contractors in consistently applying best construction site management practices with the goal of achieving zero sediment runoff across their entire operation. Learn more about accreditation of construction management.