Spreading out from the base of northern California’s Mount Shasta is a landscape rich in cold-water springs and streams — waters that once supported huge runs of coho salmon.
But those salmon populations have dwindled dramatically in past decades.
Now The Nature Conservancy has protected a critical piece of this habitat — the 4,543-acre Shasta Big Springs Ranch.
A front-page story in the San Francisco Chronicle celebrates this important step. Here’s what reporter Peter Fimrite wrote:
The sale, which closed March 6, is being hailed by biologists as a crucial step in the ongoing effort to restore salmon in the Shasta River and ultimately the entire Klamath River system.
(Image: Mount Shasta. Source: Bridget Besaw)