How we keep salmon safe the Salmon-Safe way. 

Doing the right thing by creatures who depend on a healthy world isn't a new idea at Vulcan. We've always believed that a successful real estate development is one that moves the meter socially, economically, and environmentally. That's why the Salmon-Safe program fits right into the Vulcan way.

Founded a decade ago, Salmon-Safe got its start certifying farms and food-makers in Washington, Oregon, California, and B.C. that support good land-use practices. In 2014, they extended their oversight to real estate development, and Vulcan Real Estate later became the first Salmon-Safe accredited developer in the world.

So far — with our accredited contractor partners — we’ve finished or started construction on eleven Salmon-Safe certified projects, with at least eight more in the works.  And what, exactly, do we do that’s different? We follow every one of these guidelines:


Site Ecology

Building sites must be designed to help protect wetlands, streams, and wildlife.


Integrated Habitats

Building sites must be designed to support neighboring habitats.

Stormwater Management

Potential runoff must be dispersed and filtered on site through bio-filtration and low-impact development.



Habitat Protection

During construction, native soils and vegetation must be protected from site pollutants.


Water Conservation

Sources of water for construction and landscaping should have the least possible impact on natural water flows.


Learning Landscape

Completed projects should include demonstrations and interpretative signs to build awareness for Salmon-Safe practices.

Care for Land

Landscaping must be maintained with fertilizers and insecticides that don’t contain deadly chemicals.