2017 Annual Report
We need a new ethic of place, one that has room for salmon and skyscrapers, suburbs and wilderness, Mount Rainier and the Space Needle.
Matthew Kringle, Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle
Just months ago, many of us watched as a total eclipse of the sun was visible across the entire United States for the first time in 38 years. It was a shared experience and a way to connect with each other and our shared environment; a few moments during which we simply stood and witnessed nature’s majesty together.
Natural wonders like the Great American Eclipse don’t just happen twice per century. They’re happening all around us, all the time. Here in the Northwest, we see these miracles daily in our waters, our mountains, and our forests: from a breaching Orca in Puget Sound to the faithful migration out to sea and return to natal rivers by our salmon and steelhead.
With your help, Long Live the Kings has been advancing science, improving management, and implementing solutions for salmon for more than 30 years. Over this period we’ve seen unprecedented regional growth, urbanization, and environmental impacts from a changing climate. But with a powerful force of donors, volunteers, advocates, and partners we’ve been able to leverage relationships to become a respected leader and steadying force, a deep keel amidst waves of change.
This year, we worked with the Washington State legislature to secure significant funding for the Hood Canal Bridge Assessment. Helping to mitigate high steelhead mortality and poor water quality at the intersection of two of our region’s most essential transportation and migration corridors, this effort represents one of the many ways we are working hard to seek bold solutions that balance the needs of fish and people in a rapidly urbanizing environment. At a time when divisiveness has come to characterize many discussions, this issue received strong bipartisan support.
The challenges we face today don’t require a choice between “us” and “them”, between the natural world and the developed one, between blue screens and blue skies. There is only one place we call The Northwest, and it includes all of us and all we do.
Through rigorous scientific analysis, unsurpassed expertise, and the irrepressible passion of concerned partners like you, Long Live the Kings is delivering outcomes to create a sustainable Northwest with a growing human population, a thriving economy, and strong, flourishing salmon runs.
Thank you for joining us on this important journey!
Jacques White, LLTK Executive Director
Click on the names below to expand the personal stories of some of the stakeholders who support Long Live the Kings’ work.
“Thirty years of work, one million fish returned, over 250 partners, and more than 125 project sites: who knows if any of this would have ever happened if it weren’t for LLTK’s bold, can-do thinking inspired by Jim?”
—Bob Jirsa, LLTK Board Chairman
In 1978, Jim Youngren, a real estate entrepreneur born with a rod and reel in his hand, began raising Chinook salmon in natural ponds on his Orcas Island property, isolated from wild salmon populations which only spawn on the mainland.
When asked about Jim’s success building a hatchery, his wife Kathy Youngren said, “He dreamed it and here it is… he never, ever, for one second thought that this whole thing wouldn’t turn out just exactly how it has.”
Jim’s think-big and make-it-work attitude has helped supplement sport and commercial fisheries from Washington to Alaska while using sustainable and cutting-edge hatchery practices.
Jim spent many years in the real-estate development business, specializing in urban redevelopment projects in the Northwest. In 1979, along with Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company, he cofounded the Cornerstone Development Company, but his ambitions were not limited to the world of real estate.
Shortly after Long Live the Kings took over operations of the hatchery in 1986, the organization began operating two additional hatcheries: one on Wishkah River near Grays Harbor and another on Lilliwaup Creek along Hood Canal. These facilities embodied Jim’s vision by developing innovative techniques that mitigate the negative impacts of hatchery rearing on wild fish populations, and using those approaches to bring wild populations back from the brink of extinction.
As LLTK matured and grew as an organization, it continued to reflect Jim’s example of bold thinking.In 2014, LLTK and our Canadian partners, the Pacific Salmon Foundation, established the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project, a sophisticated international endeavor to investigate the decline of salmon and steelhead in the combined waters of Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia. In 2017, we presented the pilot year of Survive the Sound, an interactive game that engages the public in steelhead recovery in a fresh new way.
In addition to his work in salmon recovery, Jim has also served on the board of trustees for the Bullitt Foundation. He cofounded the Children’s Trust Foundation and has been a prominent figure of the Orcas Island community.
Jim steps down this year from his place at the helm of the LLTK Board of Directors but he will continue to play a role in the organization as President Emeritus, and we will be forever grateful for—and inspired by—his vision, unwavering support, and passion for the fish.
Thank you to our 2016 project partners. For a complete list of individual, corporate, and in-kind donors, please download our 2017 Printed Annual Report.
City of Bellingham
City of Seattle
Cramer Fish Sciences
Dukes Chowder House
Environmental Protection Agency
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Friends of Moran State Park
Hamma Hamma Company
Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
Kalispel Tribe of Indians
Kara Nelson Consulting
Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed (WRIA 8)
Lilliwaup Falls Generating Company
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
Mobrand – D. Warren and Associates
Moran State Park
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
Northwest Marine Technology
Ocean Networks Canada
Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
Pacific Crest Seafoods
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Pacific Northwest Salmon Center
Pacific Salmon Commission
Pacific Salmon Foundation
Point-No-Point Treaty Council
Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
Port of Seattle
Puget Sound Partnership & Salmon Recovery Council
San Juan County
Seattle City Light
Skagit System Cooperative
Skagit Watershed Council
Skokomish Tribal Nation
Snake River Salmon Recovery Board
Squaxin Island Tribe
State of Washington (legislature)
The Nature Conservancy
The SeaDoc Society / UC Davis
Thurston Conservation District
University of British Columbia
University of Victoria
University of Washington
Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board
US Fish and Wildlife Service
US Forest Service
US Geological Survey
Washington Department of Ecology
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Washington Department of Natural Resources
Washington Department of Transportation
Washington Salmon Coalition
Washington Sea Grant
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office & Salmon Recovery Funding Board
Washington State University
Western Washington University
Wild Fish Conservancy
Wild Salmon Center
Yakima Basin Fish and Wildlife Recovery Board
YMCA Camp Orkila
Revenue: $2,443,482 | Expenses: $2,427,098
*Financial information from 2016 Federal 990 Report
International Commission: $587,524
Federal Government: $256,310
State Government: $581,291
Local Government (including Tribes): $72,891
Your gift to LLTK is an investment in the future of salmon. The return on that investment is healthy wild fish, swimming in wild rivers, amidst a growing human population and a vibrant economy. Make your tax-deductible gift today. Thank you.