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.
With more than 244 individual park sites, Portland Parks was the first park system certified under the Salmon-Safe parks initiative, a system-wide approach that relies on a comprehensive evaluation of a land management agency's overall management policies and planning related to habitat and water quality protection. Learn more about park certification.
Salmon-Safe Golf seeks to inspire a new level of environmental innovation in West Coast golf course design and management with respect to the protection of urban water quality and the preservation of imperiled salmon. The project is a collaboration between Salmon-Safe and our Seattle-based collaborators Stewardship Partners. Learn more about golf course certification.
Informed by our work at Portland's pioneering 40-acre South Waterfront development, Salmon-Safe's new standards for residential development are a guide for site developers, designers, and land managers interested in developing large-scale residential communities that demonstrate environmental stewardship by minimizing the impacts of development on sensitive aquatic and upland resources, and enhancing salmon habitat. Learn more about residential development certification.
Salmon-Safe’s accreditation program for construction companies engages contractors in applying best construction site management practices with the goal of achieving zero sediment runoff across their entire operation. Reviewed by US EPA, Washington State Department of Ecology, and other regulatory agencies and industry experts, Salmon-Safe's accreditation program is the first to recognize construction professionals’ excellence in water quality protection practices. Learn more about construction management accreditation.