want to give you a big fat thank you for all your hard
work and dedication. You’ve done an enormous amount
of work...It’s been our local citizens and leaders,
working with our tribal partners, who are taking control
and shaping the future of Washington State.”
—Governor Christine Gregoire
The 2005 Salmon Summit was a milestone event for the Puget
Sound region’s efforts to bring salmon back. Over two
days more than 600 officials and community leaders gathered
in Tacoma to forge the region’s first-ever plan to protect
and restore salmon runs.
Development of the Puget Sound salmon recovery plan will
represent the first time in the history of the Endangered Species
Act that local communities are joining together to develop
plans to save a species from extinction.
The Summit confirmed that people care deeply about salmon
and our quality of life. Elected leaders from local, state,
tribal and federal levels also expressed their appreciation
for this collaborative, community-based approach by people
living and working in the watersheds. They also emphasized
their commitment to support our efforts to achieve a future
for both people and salmon.
For complete summary information and conference resources, visit
our Speeches, Presentations, & Summaries page.