The salmon recovery world lost one of its greatest champions Monday, March 5, 2018. James Fletcher Healy had just come to work as a science program manager with the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board (UCSRB) in November, after nine years at Wild Fish Conservancy. His strong analytical skills, coupled with a keen awareness of the delicate balance between science and policy, was a perfect addition to our team. Understanding that science points us to “true north” while policy guides the path of salmon restoration, James was to play a key role in making science and data more readily accessible to inform regional recovery efforts. James warmth, emotional intelligence and centeredness made him a rare and treasured colleague. The void he has left in the salmon world, in our office and in our hearts, is immense. Our deepest sympathy goes to his family.