Salmon Public Outreach and Education 2020

Public Outreach, Education, and Landowner Recruitment

Outreach / Education
Project ID20-Umat-04
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date01/01/2023
End Date12/31/2024
Last Edited05/03/2022
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The CTUIR proposes to utilize the PCSRF funding to support conservation efforts through public education and outreach methods, which will educate the public about the First Foods Mission. This mission is to protect, restore and enhance the First Foods which include Water, Salmon, Deer, Cous and Huckleberry for the perpetual cultural, economic and sovereign benefit of the CTUIR. These funds will be used for activities 2023.
The following three tasks will be supported by this project:

1. Make a Splash

Make a Splash will be a two day event held in Spring 2023 which hosts 700 - 800 hundred 5th grade students annually. Students participate in indoor/outdoor interactive fun filled hands-on learning experiences. Educators focus on natural resource subjects including anadromous fish populations, healthy watersheds, First Foods, CTUIR tribal sovereignty and culture. Schools from NE Oregon and SE Washington are invited to attend the event via email, phone and mail. Participating students, teachers and volunteers receive a full day of supplemental natural resource science based learning. Participants will rotate through a total of 8 stations throughout the day.

Topics include the following:
• Anadromous fish, residential freshwater fish and aquatic animals;
• Fresh water salmon and Pacific lamprey life cycles, habitats and propagation methods related to their species;
• CTUIR First Foods, culture, history, language, sovereignty, and connection to place;
• Wildlife and habitat conservation and restoration;
• Forestry, agriculture, range and fire ecology; and
• Importance of healthy water ways and ecological processes throughout the CTUIR’s land base and beyond.

All stations and hands on activities are taught by technical staff related to their subject matter and fields of study.

2. CTUIR Aquatic and First Foods Public Education and Outreach:

Outreach methods include indoor and outdoor class presentations, workshops, trainings, field tours and service learning projects. We propose to provide outreach activities in the Walla Walla, Umatilla, Columbia and Snake River Watersheds, the CTUIR ceded territory and beyond. Efforts will focuses on providing public education and outreach to the general public, local schools, and higher education institutes. Participants will learn the importance of the CTUIR’s efforts to protect, preserve and restore aquatic and First Food resources. Participants will also learn how they impact the ecosystems and how they can help by making responsible choices and by respecting the environment around them. Tours and service learning projects provide participants the opportunity to assist CTUIR programs in restoring fish and wildlife habitat. Aquatic and First Foods presentations include information about First Foods projects and how important their relationships are to anadromous species and the watershed. DNR subject matter experts present CTUIR restoration projects throughout the river basins and surrounding areas.
Specific topics are listed in the attached proposal document.

3. Return to the River Festival

The Festival celebrates the return of the spring chinook to the Walla Walla River after being extinct for more than 80 years. CTUIR utilizes this festival to celebrate and educate the local community on how the CTUIR and other partnering agencies in the basin are working together to restore natural resources within the Walla Walla valley and surrounding areas. Subject matter experts educate participants about anadromous fish, aquatic watershed and First Foods resource restoration efforts. The CTUIR invites partners to showcase their work within the basin. Multiple outside agencies and groups are partners for this event.
The Festival includes over 20 different interactive booths covering a variety of natural resource topics, which are listed in the attached proposal document.

Project Benefit    

Species that benefit from DNR’s outreach and education project include:
• ESA listed summer steelhead and bull trout,
• Reintroduced spring chinook and Pacific lamprey, and
• Inland redband trout and margined sculpin, listed as vulnerable under Oregon’s Sensitive
Species rule.
CTUIR DNR manages the entire river system including every component of the system from an
ecosystem perspective following the tribal Tamanwit and nature’s ecological law that all
resources are important and connected to one another. Salmon is a critical resource along will all
other First Foods. They are ecologically related to each other and span across the landscape with
vast biodiversity. They are reliant on one another as are the people who also rely on them. It is
important that we manage our resources from ridgetop to ridgetop down to the flood plain and
onto the ocean.
The related projects supports the DNR management approach and also focus on the wildlife and
plant species connected to the same habitat areas that directly benefit from aquatic species
restoration efforts. Educating the public about the significance of ESA listed species will
increase support for habitat restoration projects and fish protection. Through education and
outreach efforts within the schools, students return home and share information with parents and
family. This sharing of information supports restoration efforts by increasing awareness about
natural resource management curriculum and the impacts that students can have on their natural
environment. The goal is to create young stewards to carry the mantle of natural resource
protection and preservation into the future. The CTUIR is also working to increase public
support and stronger partnerships for future salmon and watershed restoration projects.


Metric Completed Originally

Funding Details

Report Total:$30,000

Project Map


CTUIR headquarters    

  • Worksite Identifier: CTUIR headquarters
  • Start Date: 02/01/2021
  • End Date: 02/28/2022
Area Description

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Location Information

  • Basin: Middle Columbia
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 46.08102
  • Longitude: -118.282082


  • Middle Columbia River Steelhead DPS
  • Mid-Columbia River Spring-run Chinook Salmon ESU




  • F.0 Public Outreach, Education, and Landowner RecruitmentY (Y/N)
    •      . . F.0.a Outreach, Education and Recruitment funding 30,000.00
    •      . . F.0.b.1 Amount of habitat protected -- acres .0
    •      . . F.0.b.2 Number of watersheds protected 0
    •      . . F.0.b.3 Miles of stream protected .00
    •      . . F.0.c Habitat treatments leveraged (LOV)
    •      . . F.0.d Value of treatments leveraged .00
    •      . . F.0.e Restoration projects proposed 0
    •      . . F.1 Outreach / Education ProjectY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . F.1.a Outreach/ Education funding 30,000.00
      •      . . . . F.1.b Number of volunteers solicited 0
      •      . . . . F.1.c Donations for habitat .00
      •      . . . . F.1.d Outreach documents/reports preparedY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . F.1.d.1 Documents/Reports 4
        •      . . . . . . F.1.d.2
          Name Of Document
          DNR Annual Work Plan, Semi Annual DNR Fisheries Quad Reports and Three Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund Project Progress Reports
      •      . . . . F.1.e Exhibits/posters preparedY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . F.1.e.1 Number of Exhibits 2
      •      . . . . F.1.f Media material preparedY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . F.1.f.1 Number of media materials prepared 6
        •      . . . . . . F.1.f.2
          Description Media Material And Where/When Used
          4 Newspaper ads ran in CUJ, 2 ads ran in Hermiston Nickle
      •      . . . . F.1.h Outreach events conductedY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . F.1.h.1 Number of Outreach/Education Events 3
      •      . . . . F.1.i Workshops/training eventsY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . F.1.i.1 Number of workshops/training sessions 9
        •      . . . . . . F.1.i.2 Number of workshops/training participants 55