The management of agricultural land is a key focus for Salmon-Safe. Since the program began in the US Pacific Northwest more than 10 years ago, Salmon-Safe has worked with over 300 farms and 200 vineyards to provide incentives for the adoption of fish-friendly practices.
The Salmon-Safe farm certification program is focused on management practices in six primary areas:
- Riparian area management
- Water use management
- Erosion and sediment control
- Integrated pest management
- Animal management
- Biodiversity conservation
Operations endorsed by our independent professional assessors are promoted with the Salmon-Safe label. Salmon-Safe farms gain competitive advantage in the marketplace through our public education efforts and the marketing efforts of our participating farmers.
The process to get certified is pretty simple. Once you have reviewed the standards, you can contact us to schedule an assessment. Prior to the site visit, prepare the required baseline information, including a map of the property, pesticide records, irrigation management information and any habitat restoration documents. The assessment consists of an approximately 45 minute interview and one to two hour site visits. The Salmon-Safe inspector will then compile a report identifying conditions (if any) that you will need to address to comply with standards, as well as non-binding recommendations for continuous improvement of land management practices and promotion of ecosystem health. Certification is valid for three years.
Salmon-Safe farm standards were developed by scientists and farmers. In British Columbia, a technical review assessed the appropriateness of the standards within the Canadian and B.C. regulatory contexts. The standards were then tested in the field with 21 B.C. farms to assess both the technical and cultural fit of the standards in B.C.
Please contact us if you are interested in certification or have any questions.