Windsong of the Salmon has as a central theme the conflict, both environmentally and financially, between the timber/logging industry and the salmon industry. The book traces the increasing impact of logging practices upon the survival of salmon. At the same time, readers learn of the history of early explorers, Native Americans, early settlers, and their relationships. Learn how and why the Indians cut down primarily cedar trees. Consider what impact the early explorers had upon the Indian way of life. Discover the full impact that salmon have had upon the Native Americans' culture. Review what motivated the westward migration of the early settlers.
The book follows the changes over the generations with population growth, new technologies, methods, and equipment. There are also many anecdotal accounts of the lives and hardships of individuals, and some cultural differences. Some exciting adventure stories are also included. There are many photos and illustrations to enjoy as well.
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Larry Happ is a retired Biology teacher and Technical Writer. He has long-enjoyed salmon fishing with his wife and her parents. He also caught the 'fever' for steelhead fishing.
Larry remembers the days when he would stop along the road going to or from work to marvel at the huge spawning salmon in the nearby creek. We can no longer take it for granted that this is being repeated in many such streams in the Northwest.
Larry had a good friend who was a UW graduate in Forestry. He shared many stories from his knowledge of early history and his experience in Washington's timberlands. They inspired the writings of Windsong of the Salmon.
This friend fully recognized that, over the decades, logging practices were destructive to the environment. This dilemma put the timber industry at loggerheads with the salmon industry. A fond hope of the forester has been that an acceptance of the two interests' interdependence will lead to resolution through better methodologies and equitable legislation.