Puget Sound is an important producer of salmon for our endangered southern resident orcas (J, K and L pods). Regional Fishery Enhancement Groups work with landowners and community partners to identify and implement salmon habitat restoration projects. Join us to learn more about their salmon recovery efforts around the state and in our own Seattle backyard.
Jeannette Dorner, Executive Director of the Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group, will share examples of habitat restoration successes and challenges, and how you can become involved. With the survival of the southern residents at stake, it is even more critical to support and invest in local salmon recovery efforts.
Following the presentation, join us for a discussion about the southern resident orcas. Get up to speed about current issues and initiatives, and learn what you can do to help. With just 76 individuals in the SRKW population, it’s all hands on deck for the whales – join us!
About the Speaker
Jeanette Dorner has a long history working to recover salmon in Puget Sound. She worked for 11 years as the Salmon Recovery Program Manager with the Nisqually Tribe, coordinating the protection and restoration of salmon habitat in the Nisqually watershed. She played a lead role in helping facilitate with partners major salmon restoration projects including the 900 acre restoration of the Nisqually Estuary. She then worked as the Director of Ecosystem and Salmon Recovery at the Puget Sound Partnership, supporting the work of hundreds of partners around Puget Sound to protect, restore and clean up their rivers, streams and Puget Sound shorelines.
In 2017, Jeanette became the Executive Director of the Mid Sound Fishery Enhancement Group. She is focused on restoring salmon habitat in the Mid Sound area which includes the Green – Duwamish watershed, the Cedar/Sammamish/Lake Washington watershed, the watersheds of Eastern Kitsap County which drain into Central Puget Sound, and all the Puget Sound shorelines in the Central Puget Sound area in King County and Kitsap County.
Jeanette is also the mother to two wonderful kids. Part of her passion to recover salmon habitat and to preserve and protect this beautiful place we call home is to try to pass on to her children a home where they can continue to enjoy the natural wonders of this place with their families – going to watch orcas swimming through Puget Sound, visiting salmon spawning in our local streams, and hiking in the majestic forests of the Pacific Northwest.