The whole is greater than the sum of its parts...
working together, Alaska's partnerships:
develop regionally-relevant fish habitat conservation strategies
help identify, shape, and implement local on-the-ground projects that benefit and build awareness about Alaska’s native fishes
leverage resources to strategically protect intact habitats and restore key habitats that have been degraded
serve as a forum for information sharing
enhance regional capacity for on-the-ground fisheries and habitat conservation
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Each Partnership has a strategic plan that guides its work on-the-ground to restore and/or protect habitat features for regionally-important fish species and populations. Conservation activities range from restoring fish passage at roads to improving the lateral connectivity of the floodplain to the riparian zone and stream channel to removing aquatic invasive species like Elodea. Visit each Partnership's website or contact a coordinator for more information on these types of projects!
science & assessment
Identifying important habitats for salmon requires an understanding of their ecology and geographic distribution across the local landscape, including the physical, biological, and chemical make-up of those distinct spawning, nursery, and over-wintering habitats. Upfront investments in science and assessment pay off when it comes time to choose where to put projects on the ground.
information-sharing and coordination support
Each partnership serves an important role providing a forum for discovery and constructive dialogue about region-specific fish habitat issues, information needs, and paths forward for fish habitat conservation.
The Southeast Partnership is hosting a fish passage summit October 2015 and co-hosted the joint AFS/AWRA conference last fall
The Mat-Su Partnership will be holding its 8th annual Salmon Science and Conservation Symposium this fall.
The Kenai Partnership co-hosted the Kachemak Bay Science Conference March 2015.
The Southwest Partnership hosts a symposium every two years.