The NOAA Veterans Corps provides opportunities for post-9/11 military veterans to build their skills and work experience while contributing to the conservation of endangered salmon and steelhead in California. Established in 2012 in collaboration with the State of California, and later expanded to the states of Washington and Oregon, the year-long paid training program includes marine and freshwater restoration for native fish, as well as research and monitoring to track the progress of salmon restoration projects and salmon populations.
Here’s a sample of the work done by the NOAA Veterans Corps on the West Coast since the program’s inception.
As of November 2018, veterans had implemented 267 restoration projects.
Veterans conducted surveys to count spawning salmon on 2,775 miles of stream and conducted juvenile salmon surveys on 522 miles of stream.
Thank You Veterans
Thank you veterans, for your service to the nation and dedicated work restoring important habitat for endangered salmon and steelhead.
Watch the video below to see veterans working to restore salmon habitat in California's Eel River Watershed.