The Mat-Su is a special place where vibrant communities and resilient wild salmon are closely linked. While overall salmon numbers remain strong here, increasing impacts from human use and development have caused localized declines in salmon numbers as well as habitat suitability, spurring the formation of the Mat-Su Basin Salmon Habitat Partnership in 2005.
Our Partnership is part of a broader network of fish habitat partnerships in the U.S., and one of three recognized fish habitat partnerships in Alaska. The Mat-Su Partnership’s grassroots, locally-driven, voluntary, and non-regulatory effort was inspired by the approach outlined by the National Fish Habitat Partnership. NFHP’s mission is to protect, restore, and enhance the nation’s fish and aquatic communities through partnerships that foster fish habitat conservation and improve the quality of life for the American people.
Because wild salmon are central to ALL life in Alaska, the partnership works to ensure that quality salmon habitat is safeguarded and restored. This approach relies on collaboration and cooperation.