Despite their dwindling numbers, salmon are still king in the Pacific Northwest.
“In this part of the world, biodiversity runs on salmon,” says Alan Holt, who helped start The Nature Conservancy’s Pacific salmon program.
But news from the world of salmon hasn’t been positive in a long time. Grim stories abound, from the closure of commercial Chinook salmon season in California to the ongoing battle over Alaska’s last great salmon run.
Is there hope?
That’s what Nature Conservancy magazine set out to explore in their multimedia feature, “Salmon Country.” Writer Matt Jenkins and photographer Bridge Besaw traveled to major salmon restoration projects in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska.