About Us

Salmonid Restoration Federation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of California's salmon, steelhead, and trout populations and their habitat. SRF educates individuals, organizations, and agencies about innovative techniques for salmonid restoration by sponsoring an annual conference in California and operating technical field schools. SRF is devoted to educating the community on the ecology and economy of restoring natural resources for future generations of fish and people. We are interested in building a sustainable economy in rural areas so people in the restoration field can make a living wage while restoring the natural environment.

SRF was founded in 1987 by members of several local restoration groups who wanted to create an information clearinghouse for groups like theirs, and to organize an annual conference. The Federation is a nonprofit organization funded by membership dues, state grants, donations, workshop and conference fees.

While operating state-wide, SRF’s office is located in Garberville, southern Humboldt County.

Our two main objectives are to improve the effectiveness of California's salmonid restoration efforts and to develop the public and political support that is essential for maintaining and expanding restoration program efforts. Salmon, steelhead, and trout restoration projects include, but are not limited to, the following: habitat restoration and enhancement, fish population enhancement (hatchery and pond rearing operations), fish passage improvement, and community outreach and public education programs. These projects are undertaken primarily by private contractors (mainly nonprofits, American Indian tribes, and local governments) and most are state grant funded.


We try to optimize the benefits of these efforts by providing the restoration community with a variety of services including:

  • Operating the Salmonid Stream Habitat Restoration Field School
  • Producing an annual statewide salmonid restoration conference and technical workshops
  • Publishing monthly e-Newsletters and biannual newsletters
  • Providing information referral services
  • Acting as a liaison between restoration groups and California Department of Fish and Game


The Federation's government relations and public affairs activities have grown considerably in recent years.

We participate in the development of state and federal salmonid fishery restorations plans, objectives and policies; promote public involvement in the restoration of California's salmonid fisheries; and advocate changes in key government policies and regulations that hinder or obstruct restoration of California's salmonid fisheries.  We have also worked tirelessly to protect existing funding and develop additional funding for CDFG's salmon and steelhead and trout restoration programs and associated contracts and grants programs.

To achieve this objective we inform our state representatives and administrative officials of fish restoration benefits and issues; educate the public about the need to restore habitat, the challenges associated with restoring fisheries and the broad scope of fish restoration activities; and encourage citizens to inform their elected representatives of their support for fisheries restoration.

How You Can Help

We need your support to make our efforts succeed. Every person who joins the Federation increases our effectiveness by strengthening our representative voice and providing us with essential financial support. We invite you to join the Federation and help us facilitate the transformation of today's degraded streams and rivers into the healthy, habitat rich, productive aquatic environments of tomorrow.

Members are kept informed of upcoming public hearings and pending legislation and administrative decisions that will affect statewide restoration efforts and we will tell you how to play an active role in fish restoration politics. Members receive our monthly e-Newsletters and biannuarl newsletter, are notified of upcoming workshops and classes, and are sent advance invitations to our annual conference. In addition, joining the Federation qualifies individuals for conference and field school registration fee discounts.