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Salmon Without Rivers - Jim Lichatowich

If you've read any of my posts in the Environment sections of this forum or flytalk, you've probably seen me reference this book add-nauseum. I can't recommend this one enough. A lot of people on this forum are passionate about steelhead and salmon and their current plight. For those that are, and who choose to rant and rave about this or that or the other concerning steelhead and salmon, you owe it to your self to get a copy of this book and read it, twice. If we have any hope of solving decline and loss of our salmon and steelhead stocks, we MUST understand how we got here in the first place. Those things actions and things that have caused this decline must be undone, or at least mitigated for. Taking shots in the dark, such as the hatchery solution, barging salmon around dams, or the "next best fish screen placed in front of turbines" won't get us there. The last decade has proven that.
If I had one wish, it was that the author had delved more into salmon politics. That said, I really don't know how one would do that objectively. Perhaps a dilemma he chose to bypass.
Regardless - it's a must read, very well written, by a professional and former fish manager that "been there, seen that", and lived to write about it...

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no question, this is "the" book on PNW salmon/steelhead. A good read and reference book wrapped into one.

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I've been meaning to read Lichatowich's book for several years. I've heard nothing but similar reports about it - all say it's excellent.

Another excellent book describing the plight of pacific salmon and how things have got how they are is Mountian in the Clouds: A Search for Wild Salmon by Bruce Brown. This book was written over 25 years ago and pointed out the fallacies in hatchery programs and habitat (mis)management before they showed up edge of the public radar screen-an excellent and informative book. I recommend it.
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Will have to look for that one...

It doesn't suprise me that others had seen the fraud and fallacy of hatcheries years ago. Lichatowich id's similar sentiments and observations all the way back into the late 1800's and early 1900's... but for greed and an unwillingness to put the resource above our own wants and desires...

A friends favorite quote wrings true w/ this - "history may not repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme well".

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A great recommendation! My problem with this book is the anger that overwhelms me prevents me from finishing. I have not been able to get even half way through. What man has wrought...
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Totem Salmon, Freeman House. Beacon Press, Boston, MA.

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This is a beautifully written history of a Northern Calfornia salmon restoration effort -- The Mattole Watershed Salmon Support Group. House was one of the principle members of the group that spearheaded the effort. Besides the great writing it is full of insights into how to bridge the many divides that are so prolific within conservation efforts -- ranchers vs. eco-hippies; fly-fishermen vs. timber companies, etc. There are many lessons here for current and future salmon/steelhead restoration groups.

I've bought several copies to give away to friends. I'd be happy to donate one to speyclave members if everyone promises to pass it on to the next interested reader. (Although, one ought to just buy it as remuneration to House for the beautiful writing.)

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ps- Lichatowich's book is also great.

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Daniel - an EXCELLENT Recommendation!!!

A friend loaned me this book quite a few years ago. I sat on it for over a year before finally reading it. It really is a great read, and I think provides and excellent template for grass roots level restoration work for salmon and steelhead. I often wonder how well the approach would fit now, given the changes in demand for land and land use. Less and less, tho still a concern, are the timber companies, and more and more the urban development of farmland and lower elevation timberlands for housing developments and ex-urban communities. They may become the biggest battle yet w/ the efforts to preserve salmon.
This books on my list of to gets, thanks for reminding me of it again!
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Question a dilemma he chose to bypass

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If I had one wish, it was that the author had delved more into salmon politics. That said, I really don't know how one would do that objectively.
Years ago, back when Che' Quivera was killed, I was working with a young graduate engineer from Bolivia who's father was ambassador to the U.S. When we inquired as to what kind of bennies and retirement programs Bolivia had for it's leaders, he just kind of gave us a blank look. Upon further questioning, we were informed that there was no such thiing as a retired politition in Bolivia. They are either living in exile,,,,or have been assasinated.

Now I wouldn't suggest anything as extreme as that. No, no, not I. A lobotomy might not be a bad idea though.

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