Salmon Forever Fund


Honoring and advancing the vision and work of Billy Frank Jr.

In honor of Billy Frank Jr.’s life and legacy, Salmon Defense manages the BILLY FRANK JR. SALMON FOREVER FUND. The mission of this trust is to honor and create permanence and action to the vision and work of Billy Frank Jr.

This fund will be used for the following purposes:

  • Provide educational scholarships for native people pursuing knowledge and careers that sustain salmon resources and native lifeways.
  • Fund restoration projects that increase and improve salmon spawning, rearing, and migratory habitats.
  • Engage legal challenges on behalf of the salmon.
  • Support education projects, productions, and facilities that engage the public interest and understanding of the ecosystems, salmon, and native cultures.
  • Provide an annual award to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated leadership and commitment to the environment through collaborative problem-solving.
The Salmon Forever Fund is honored to be recognized as one of the sources to donate to in honor of Kit Rawson’s life and work. Kit was very committed to the health of this region’s salmon and so generously shared his knowledge throughout the course of his career. He was unusual in his understanding of the whole picture necessary to salmon recovery, including the very critical aspects of habitat protection. He will be remembered forever through the work of this fund.

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