Salmon-Safe Parks & Natural Areas Certification

A system-wide approach to habitat and water quality protection for innovative park systems

Salmon-Safe’s park standards are based on a system-wide approach that relies on a comprehensive evaluation of overall management policies and planning related to habitat and water quality protection.

The Salmon-Safe park systems and natural area certification was developed in partnership with several Northwest cities and other park providers.

Qualifying Candidates

  • + Municipalities, port districts, and other park providers
  • + Park systems, recreational trail developers, natural area managers
  • + Parks & natural areas systems in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia

Certification Process


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 assessment is conducted by an expert team and certification is valid for five years, subject to annual verification.

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