Downeast Salmon Federation's
East Machias Maine
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
5-Year Matching Challenge
Unprecedented attention, collaboration and resources are converging to make the return of the iconic wild Atlantic salmon to the rivers of eastern Maine a reality. Inseparable is an ecosystem approach in which people nurture and benefit from a full suite of sea-run fisheries: alewife, river herring and shad, smelt, sea run brook trout, tom cod, sea lamprey, the American eel – and salmon – all abundant, all possible in a future within reach.
Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) is a hub, catalyst and leader engaging with local communities and an array of partners and allies on three fronts: Replenishing Stocks; Conserving and Restoring Habitat; and Regional Education and Environmental Advocacy.
In 2020, DSF received confirmation of the success of its innovative Peter Gray Parr Project with a $770,000 5-year Matching Challenge grant from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. This grant is in recognition of the significant achievements made in DSF's Atlantic Salmon recovery program.
Your donation to this grant is matched 1:1 and directly benefits the expansion of the Atlantic Salmon recovery program.
DSF was founded by salmon anglers and those who love Downeast Maine's wild rivers. One of our earliest projects was the removal of a dam in Columbia Falls that gave the Pleasant River back to sea run fish and the community. By today's standards it was a beautiful and simple thing. A lot has happened since then.
The Peter Gray
The Downeast Salmon Federation is home to the Peter Gray Parr project salmon conservation program. The unique project uses world class
rewilding processes and has had proven success in impacting the recovery of wild Atlantic salmon.
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