The Elwha River is resurgent with new life thanks to the largest dam removal project ever anywhere in the world. A true watershed-scale recovery, Elwha River chinook are swimming once again to the feet of the Olympic Mountains, with 70 miles of habitat reopened to them. The animals that depend on salmon for food, from eagles to dippers are thronging a river once more feeding the animals and the land. Big wood and sediment are on the move too in the unleashed river, building mighty log jams, and even Washington's newest beach, at the river mouth. A new forest is rising on former reservoir lake beds and landlocked rainbow trout are re-expressing their anadromy, going to sea as gleaming steelhead.
Come hear the unfolding story of the Elwha's renewal, and the promise it holds for our region and beyond, and see photos documenting this remarkable effort from the first dam deconstruction to new life flourishing today on the Elwha.
This slide show and talk by Lynda Mapes with photos by Steve Ringman (both of the Seattle Times) is sponsored by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust. The Wenatchee Environmental Film & Lecture Series is brought to you by the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, and sponsored by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, the Trust for Public Land, and the Wenatchee River Institute.
A $5 donation at the door is suggested. The presentation starts at 7 pm at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center (127 S Mission Street, Wenatchee).