Squaxin Island Tribe’s new Salish Cliffs Golf Club has become the first “Salmon-Safe” course in the world. The certification verifies the tribe’s commitment to protecting native habitat, managing water runoff, reducing pesticides and advancing environmental practices throughout the region.

The Salmon-Safe Golf Course Certification Program is an offshoot of the Northwest eco-label for agricultural and vineyard practices, administered in Washington by the Seattle-based non-profit Stewardship Partners. The program looks at site development practices to protect water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and overall watershed health based on a detailed set of peer-reviewed guidelines.

A water treatment system that generates Class A reuse water from Little Creek Casino Resort is exemplary of the detail and effort that Squaxin Island Tribe employed to earn Salmon-Safe certification at Salish Cliffs. The treated water is stored for its intended use irrigating the course during summer.

The tribe also has reduced and/or eliminated pesticides used at Salish Cliffs that could be harmful to salmon. And it continues to enhance the wildlife habitat across the site.