As part of a citywide effort, PP&R has been working towards recovery of salmonids in our region. Through watershed and fish habitat restoration, removal of invasive plants, redesign of parks and their features, and careful review of our practices, we are committed to helping restore these fish populations. Waterways in our parks receive special consideration, with special policies developed to ensure their protection.
It has been gratifying to have received confirmation of our pest management program's viability through outside sources. Our program has been carefully reviewed by the National Marine Fisheries Service as a potential model of pest management practices adjacent to and within waterways in our region. PP&R worked closely with NMFS, and this collaboration led to establishment of updated and specific management practices for PP&R. Our Integrated Pest Management program and its Waterways Policy was the only program included in the federal Endangered Species Act 4(d) rule that defines acceptable practices in areas where there are endangered or threatened salmon runs. We were proud to receive this endorsement of our policy and the assurance that PP&R’s pest management practices do not adversely affect salmon and their habitat in our parks.