The Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference, March 2024


Holding Space: Creating Habitat and a Platform for Innovation

Salmonid Restoration Federation

Salmonid Restoration Federation (SRF) produces the largest salmon restoration conference in California, convening a diverse range of people in the watershed restoration field including planners, engineers, policy makers, students, Watershed Stewards Program members, consultants, academics, tribal members, on-the-ground practitioners, and landowners. It is this wide range of practitioners and the intersectionality of science and application that animates our conference and creates a dynamic venue for learning from one another’s experience and expertise.

SRF will host the 41st Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference in Santa Rosa, CA, on March 26-29, 2024.

To ensure that we do not sell out early like we did last year, we are hosting the conference at the Sonoma Fairgrounds for the workshops and tours, and at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Santa Rosa for the main conference days. This is a state-of-the art facility that will have room for all our multifaceted events including the Plenary session, a mentor-mentee program, a lively poster session, exhibitor space, and a banquet dinner and awards ceremony.

The conference will include technical and practical workshops on forward-thinking restoration topics including:

  • Community Outreach, Collaboration Tools, and Tribal Engagement Workshop
  • Nature-like Fishways: Modern Perspectives and Techniques
  • The Role of Conservation Hatcheries in Salmon Recovery
  • Fish and Fire Conversation: Where Do We Go From Here?

Field tours include restoration projects in Lagunitas Creek, Napa River Restoration, the Garcia River Estuary Habitat Enhancement, Dry Creek, Process-Based Restoration in the Uplands of Western Sonoma, Urban Creek restoration, and the Laguna de Santa Rosa.

Concurrent sessions will highlight groundwater recharge planning, effectiveness monitoring, streamlined permitting pathways, Klamath post-dam removal restoration actions, fish passage, low-tech Process-Based Restoration, and so much more.

Please visit the SRF website to see full descriptions of the workshops, field tours, and concurrent sessions. Conference registration will open soon. SRF also has a scholarship fund to ensure that the conference is accessible to students, tribal members, and landowners, who may not otherwise be able to attend. SRF will match each dollar contributed. Here is the link to our scholarship fund.

To learn more about the conference, please visit