Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Elwha Chinook Return to Olympic National Park


For the first time in almost a century, Chinook salmon are able to access the Elwha River within the boundaries of Olympic National Park. On Monday, park biologists spotted summer Chinook salmon rolling in the Elwha River about 2 miles above the park boundary. The presence of Chinook, which were once abundant in the Elwha marks a major milestone in the recovery. Earlier this spring, biologists tagged and tracked several wild steelhead into the river above Elwha Dam where they spawned, primarily in two tributaries the Little River and the Indian River.

More information from the Seattle Times:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2018961441_apwaelwhachinook.html

Track the dam removal and recovery on the Elwha:

http://www.video-monitoring.com/construction/olympic/js.htm

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