This Plan Works for Anglers

Steve Joyce co-owns and manages Red’s Fly Shop at Canyon River Ranch, located along the Yakima River in the scenic Yakima Canyon south of Ellensburg, Washington. Red’s is the premier fly-fishing outfitter in the Pacific Northwest and one of the largest online fly-fishing retailers in the world.

Steve’s fly-fishing travels have taken him around the world, and he knows every bend and pool to explore in the Yakima basin. He works in the shop and guides fly fishing and bird hunting along with his management duties. Steve is also a lifetime member of Trout Unlimited.

“We look at and think about the river every day … we all want the same thing … lots of cold, clean water coming down this river.”

Steve Joyce

Red’s Fly Shop

Red’s Fly Shop
14694 WA-821
Ellensburg, WA 98926

This Plan Works for the Yakama Nation

Brian Saluskin is a fish passage biologist for the Yakama Nation. Brian is a tribal member and manages the Nation’s Yakima Sockeye Reintroduction program, an effort to restore the basin’s revered sockeye salmon, which were eradicated in the early 1900s when the rivers were dammed for irrigation water storage without provision for fish passage.

The Yakama Nation is working with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and other Yakima basin partners to restore fish passage to four historical lakes (Cle Elum, Kachess, Keechelus, and Bumping) — now reservoirs, as well as Rimrock reservoir.  The initial passage projects will be at Cle Elum and Rimrock lakes. The eventual goal is to have a self-sustaining run of sockeye available for tribal fishermen and residents of the Yakima Valley, and to restore salmon populations from less than 30,000 to over 300,000, including what could become the largest sockeye run in the lower 48 states.

“The salmon are a part of us, a part of who we are, they identify us as a people … to bring these fish back after 100 years is so important to the Yakama Nation.”

Brian Saluskin

Yakama Nation Fisheries

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Salmon La Sac Rd & NF-46
Washington 98922

This Plan works for Farmers

Michael Roy is the Hop Division Director and part-owner of Roy Farms, a fourth generation farm located in Moxee in the Yakima Valley. The Yakima Valley — notably Moxee, Toppenish and Prosser — is the heart of U.S. hop production, typically producing 75 percent of the nation’s hops. Roy Farms is one of the nation’s largest hops farms, growing about 25 varieties of hops on 3,500 acres of land, as well as apples, blueberries, and cherries.

Annually, Roy Farms employs about 300 people for harvest and produces 6.4 million pounds of conventional hops and more than 180,000 pounds of organic hops. Roy Farms was the first hop farm in Washington to have acreage certified as Salmon-Safe for following practices beneficial to salmon and clean water, and was the first hop farm in the U.S. to be GlobalGAP certified for environmentally safe and humane farm practices.

“Water is very important to my future, my family’s future, the farm’s future, and the 300 employees that we carry year-round here.”

Michael Roy

Roy Farms

Roy Farms Inc
401 Walters Rd
Moxee, WA 98936

This Plan works for Local Business Owners

The 2009 James Beard Award winner, Maria Hines is the chef and owner of three popular restaurants in Seattle: Tilth, Golden Beetle, and Agrodolce. All of Chef Hines’ restaurants embrace the farm-to-table concept, focusing on local, organic, and seasonal food. She sharpened her culinary skills at reputable restaurants from coast-to-coast and was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s best chefs in 2005.

The Ohio native established herself as a national dining force when she opened Tilth, which at the time was only the second restaurant in the country to receive organic certification. In 2008, The New York Times named Tilth one of the top 10 best new restaurants in the country. She is on the board of PCC Farmland Trust and is a founding member of Seattle Restaurant Week. Chef Hines relies on local food and fish from the Yakima basin to create her farm-to-table experience.

“The water agreement…is a wonderful thing…when it comes to water, we are figuring out a way to work together to create a vital foodshed, to be a vital economy, and to create a good stable local environment.”

Maria Hines

Seattle Restaurateur

Tilth Restaurant
1411 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103