A Tale of Two Rivers is speaker series hosted by Save Our wild Salmon and a number of its conservation, fishing and business partners in January 2018 that featured Lynda Mapes (author and reporter for the Seattle Times) and Rocky Barker (author and reporter for the Idaho Statesman). This series was held at University of Washington’s Burke Museum in Seattle (1.24.2018) and the Cracker Company Building in Spokane (1.25.2018). The discussion focused on the historic dam removal/river and salmon restoration on the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula and the status of various factors in play surrounding the salmon and dams of the lower Snake River in southeast Washington.
This page accompanies the series and provides additional resources on these issues and renowned Northwest writers.
Special thanks to Lynda Mapes, Rocky Barker, Jeff Renner, Ken Workman, and Eli Francovich, and to our conservation and business partners on this project: American Rivers, American Whitewater, Defenders of Wildlife, Earthjustice, Mountaineers Books, National Wildlife Federation, Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment, NW Energy Coalition, Sierra Club, Spokane Falls Trout Unlimited, Wild Steelhead Coalition and Duke's Seafood and Chowder, Fremont Brewing Company, Benziger Family Winery, Kop Construction, Auntie's Bookstore, and EcoDepot.
(1) Rocky Barker’s recent coverage in the Idaho Statesman, including the multi-part, multi-media 2017 series focusing on salmon and orca, communities and economics, energy and climate change:
Super Fish? Salmon may surprise you, but they’re in peril and need our help (Video, Oct. 2017)
(2) Lynda Mapes recent coverage in the Seattle Times - on the Elwha River, Southern Resident Orca, and the lower Snake River - its dams, salmon and communities:
Elwha Resurgent - A special project by the Seattle Times (2016)
Dam Removal: The Grand Experiment - A special project by the Seattle Times (2011)
Elwha: a River Reborn
By Steve Ringman and Lynda Mapes . Published by Mountaineers Books
(3) Additional links:
Climate Risk Assessment for the Pacific Northwest from Washington Department of Natural Resources (2017)