What Would our Forests Look Like With Salmon?
The Vancouver Sun reports on a Simon Fraser University study about the value of salmon to British Columbia forests.
What the study found was that salmon affect the types and numbers of plants, fungi, and animals throughout their watersheds. The nutrients the salmon provide to the watersheds were vital to the overall health of their forests, and the animals living in them.
What might we gain from returning salmon to their rightful place in the Yuba watershed? For now, though we can only imagine the improvements to our local forests, grasslands, and other habitats from salmon, it is heartening to study the live-giving properties to other river systems that these amazing, powerful creatures bring up from the ocean.