ELWHA: A RIVER REBORN
Author: Lynda Mapes & Steve Ringman
Publisher: MOUNTAINEERS BOOKS, May 2013
Richly illustrated with stunning photographs, as well as historic images, graphics, and a map, Elwha tells the interwoven stories of this region. 125 color photos; 3 illus; 1 map; 10x9 inches, 184 pgs.
This is the second time The Mountaineers Books and The Seattle Times have partnered to tell a story of the Olympic Mountains: The Seattle Press, predecessor to the Times, sponsored the historic Press Expedition into the Olympics in the winter of 1889-90, an account later published by Mountaineers Books in Across the Olympic Mountains.
More recently, in the fall of 2011, the Times was on hand when a Montana contractor removed the first pieces from two concrete dams on the Elwha River which cuts through the Olympic range. It was the beginning of the largest dam removal project ever undertaken in North America-one dam was 200 feet tall-and the start of an unprecedented attempt to restore an entire ecosystem. More than 70 miles of the Elwha and its tributaries course from the mountain headwaters to clamming beaches on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Through interviews, field work, archival and historical research,and photojournalism, The Seattle Times has explored and reported on the dam removal, the Elwha ecosystem, its industrialization, and now its renewal. Elwha: A River Reborn is based on these feature articles.
Richly illustrated with stunning photographs, as well as historic images, graphics, and a map, Elwha tells the interwoven stories of this region. Meet the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe, who anxiously await the return of renowned salmon runs savored over the generations in the stories of their elders. Discover the biologists and engineers who are bringing the dams down and laying the plan for renewal, including an unprecedented revegetation effort that will eventually cover more than 700 acres of mudflats.
When the dam started to come down in Fall 2011-anticipated for more than 20 years since Congress passed the Elwha Restoration Act-it was the beginning of a $350 million project observed around the world. Elwha: A River Reborn isinspiring and instructive, a triumphant story of place, people, and environment striving to come together.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lynda V. Mapes is a journalist and author who focuses on natural history, regional environmental issues, and environmental stories related to Pacific Northwest indigenous cultures for The Seattle Times.
Steve Ringman is a staff photographer at The Seattle Times where he has cultivated a focus on environmental issues,including climate change, fisheries, and forestry.