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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.

Download the Salmon-Safe Park & Natural Area Certification Standards.

Salmon-Safe certification begins with an assessment of management issues including irrigation efficiency, stormwater management, pesticide reduction, conservation of native biodiversity, and streamside and wetlands area management. System-wide evaluation of municipal or other public park systems is backed by rigorous assessment of individual sites to evaluate whether management is consistent with best management practices for avoiding harm to stream ecosystems.

Salmon-Safe also evaluates the extent to which existing park design and infrastructure protect and restore aquatic ecosystems within the context of park department goals of maintaining parks for public use and provision of recreational opportunities. Salmon-Safe assessment is conducted by an expert team and certification is valid for five years, subject to annual verification.

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For information about Salmon-Safe certification for a park system, wildlife refuge, or other public natural resource agency, please contact:

  • For Puget Sound inquiries, contact Stewardship Partners
  • For Oregon and California inquiries, and any other questions about certification, contact Salmon-Safe

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Portland Parks controls invasive holly using Salmon-Safe approved IPM practices in Forest Park, the nation's largest urban park.

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