The future of Idaho’s salmon remains as uncertain today as in the 1990s

Rocky Barker, environmental reporter for The Idaho Statesman talks about his upcoming trip to follow endangered salmon from the Pacific to Idaho spawning streams.
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Rocky Barker, environmental reporter for The Idaho Statesman talks about his upcoming trip to follow endangered salmon from the Pacific to Idaho spawning streams.
Letters from the West

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Saving Idaho’s salmon: Nature again turns against returning fish that already face long odds

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20 years later, Idaho's salmon are still in danger of disappearing forever

The salmon of the Northwest are the stuff of legends. Pioneers talked of rivers so thick that they were tempted to cross on the backs of the fish. But times have changed, the fish's numbers have plunged, and 13 species were placed on the endangered species list by 1995. Climate change and our network of hydropower dams have helped thwart attempts so far to find a sustainable solution. And it's possible some of our strategies - including our reliance on hatcheries - have backfired.

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May 20, 2017 11:03 PM

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Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of several books, including "Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America," "The Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho" and "The Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho."