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Totem Salmon: Life Lessons from Another Species

House, Freeman

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ISBN 10: 0807085480 / ISBN 13: 9780807085486
Published by Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: Beacon Pr, 1999
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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A very good copy in a very good minus, mylar protected DJ. Signed and dated by author in year of publication on title page; 1st edition. White DJ has some soiling and faint orange grease pencil writing over bar code in back. Small amount of waviness to top corners of last few pages. 8vo., 228 pages. 0.0 0.0 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 22359

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Title: Totem Salmon: Life Lessons from Another ...

Publisher: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: Beacon Pr

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition...

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Part lyrical true-life adventure, part social and philosophical manifesto, TOTEM SALMON tells of a watershed community that worked for two decades to save one of the last purely native stocks of salmon in California.


Freeman House lives in an out-of-the-way place. Tucked away where Highway 101 diverts inland from the Northern California coastline to avoid the 4,000-foot peaks of the King Range is a damp, verdant landscape of rolling hills, towering forests, and isolated pockets of humanity. The Mattole River drains much of the area, greeting the Pacific at the Lost Coast. For thousands of years, the river formed the connective tissue of human settlement--first for the native tribes, and later for Euro-American pioneers. Each year, salmon swam up the river to their natal spawning beds, marking the passage of time and providing sustenance for the people along the banks. Then, in the early 1970s, the salmon stopped returning. House found himself banding with other like-minded citizens in an effort to bring the once-prolific runs back. Their organization fought for curbs on logging in the watershed and more restrictions for the way timber can be harvested (buffer zones along streams, for example). They planted vegetation on the banks to provide shade and added structure to the river for protection.

Totem Salmon is House's memoir of river stewardship. It's also a blueprint for grassroots environmental action. And finally, it is a well-crafted and lyrical piece of writing that treats a regional problem with personal perspective and candor. --Langdon Cook

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