International funding granted for Hiitolanjoki dam removal

Patagonia, a company producing makes eco-friendly outdoor outfits and accessories, is also an important sponsor of nature conservation projects world wide. Patagonia granted 28 000 $ for dam renovation in river Hiitolanjoki through Tides Foundation.

Thanks for Jasper Pääkkönen who communicated about our project to Patagonia’s people! Read the story how Jasper got involved to Hiitolanjoki restoration project. Read an article by Gregory Fitz / Patagonia:

How Actor Jasper Pääkkönen Advocates for Wild Fish

Application for Tides Foundation was accepted

South Karelian Foundation for Recreation Areas sent application for funding implementation of restoreation three rapids for migration fish, of which the most important species is extremely endangered Ladoga Salmon (Salmo salar m. sebago).  Patagonia’s grant is will be used mostly at the lowest of the rapids, Kangaskoski.

Hiitolanjoki river renovation project is to be put in practice by removal of three dams at old hydro power plants. The goal of the Hiitolanjoki river restoration project is to enable fish migration and salmon stock strengthening Finland. After dam removals breeding areas for the fish will be multiplied in upper areas of the watercourse.