Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group

30th Anniversary photo contest learn more

we're turning 30!

we're turning 30!

This November, The Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group is celebrating 30 years of connecting land, people, and salmon through research, restoration, and education. Thank you to all the volunteers, members and our community who have supported our mission to ensure that wild salmon are once again abundant in the Pacific Northwest.

NEW! HCSEG's Online Store

Every purchase made supports our salmon research, restoration and education on the Hood Canal watershed. We have new merch just in time to celebrate our 30th anniversary this November! You can win a free item from our store by participating in our photo contest (scroll down to learn more!)

photo contest

In honor of the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group’s 30th Anniversary this November we are celebrating salmon as part of the Hood Canal watershed. Salmon are a keystone species, meaning that the function and health of our ecosystem relies on their existence.

To enter this contest your photo must be of a plant, animal, etc. in the Hood Canal watershed that relies on salmon.

The Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group strives to deepen the connection between land, people, and salmon through research, restoration, and education. Our mission is to ensure that wild salmon are once again abundant in the Pacific Northwest.

Where We Work

With the help of our donors, volunteers, and staff, the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group (HCSEG) participates in restoration and research projects throughout the entire Hood Canal Watershed in the western part of Washington State. These efforts not only benefit local salmon populations, but also support the ecological diversity of this beautiful and scenic natural community.

In addition to habitat restoration and research, HCSEG carries out an assortment of educational programs, supporting students, teachers, and life-long learners. Located next to the Union River estuary, HCSEG’s headquarters, the Salmon Center, has a beautiful, certified organic garden, as well as a variety of farm animals, (llamas, alpacas, chickens, ducks, goats, etc.), to demonstrate how salmon, humans, and agriculture can coexist.

Bring Your class to the salmon center!

Why Salmon, why now?

137 or more local species depend on salmon for their survival, making them a true keystone species and the biological foundation for our local ecosystem. The Pacific Northwest is known across the globe for its towering tree giants, layers of greenery, resident pods of orca whales, and diverse ecosystem made up of countless plants, bugs, animals, and fungi. This could cease to exist as we know it if we do not act swiftly and strategically to protect our threatened wild salmon populations.

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