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The work of conservation is inspired by wonder,
gratitude, reason and love. We need all of these 
emotions and faculties to do the work well. But
the first impulse is love--Love for wild and
settled places, for animals and plants, for people living now
and those yet to come, for the creation of human hands 
and minds.
Scott Russell Sanders
An excerpt from "A Conservationist's Manifesto, 2003"
"Preserving the Cycles"
Comment by Jim Lichatowich

"California drought - for salmon, more at stake than dollars."
Jim Lichatowich, San Francisco Chronicle, March 14, 2014

"Port Oil Terminal Could Imperil Salmon"
Will the Lower Columbia River become an Industrialized Sacrifice Zone?
by Jim Lichatowich

"The Way Forward for Wild Salmon
Protection and Recovery"
by Jim Lichatowich and Bill Bakke

Lake Oroville, California photo of water levels, comparing the years 2011 and 2014. 
See the photos on  Buzz Feed.
Faith in Nature:
The Missing Element in Salmon Recovery Programs

Jim Lichatowich, Columbia City, OR
Richard Williams, Eagle, ID

    Large declines in the abundance of wild salmon and steelhead and their subsequent listing under the federal Endangered Species Act led to the use of hatcheries to maintain the sport and commercial fisheries. To some of us who have worked on salmon recovery in the Columbia River, the steadfast adherence to the hatchery remedy to the salmon’s problem is hard to understand. The extensive use of hatcheries has occurred in spite of scientific evidence that hatchery operations are detrimental to wild salmon and steelhead and in spite of the failure of hatcheries to mitigate the loss and degradation of habitat. We examine this conundrum through a review of the nexus among the declines on Pacific salmon and steelhead, shifting baselines, and a flawed conceptual foundation. The practice of shifting baselines in the face of major declines in salmon abundance has led to belief that the productivity of natural salmon production systems is not adequate to meet expectations. We characterize this belief as a loss of faith in nature, which inevitably leads managers to the hatchery alternative to natural production. 

An abstract from The Osprey: Journal of International Federation of Flyfishers - May 2015

Oregonian Opinion: "Governor needs to be smart in her Fish and Wildlife Commission appointments"  read more
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An important video with a look at what's happening in Oregon's Forests. view here