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The Northwest Salmon Crisis

A Documentary History

Joseph Cone and Sandy Ridlington

6 × 9 inches. Illustrated with photographs. Glossary. Index. 384 pages.

2000. ISBN 978-0-87071-472-6. Paperback, $24.95.

2000. ISBN 978-0-87071-390-3. Hardcover, $39.95.

This acclaimed volume offers a key to understanding the historic roots of one of today's most closely watched environmental issues, the fate of salmon in the Pacific Northwest.

The history of the current salmon crisis is long and disturbingly consistent, with concern over declining salmon runs beginning in the 1800s. This book focuses on the human actions--and failures to act--that have helped drive many wild salmon stocks in the Pacific Northwest to the brink of extinction.

For this first documentary history of the salmon crisis, knowledgeable observers of salmon history have chosen and commented upon the documents that they feel most clearly reveal the causes and implications of today's crisis. The eighty documents span a period of 140 years and address such issues as habitat, hatcheries, dams, fisheries, Indian fishing rights, and watershed management. Together, these mileposts in the sorry journey of the salmon provide a compelling perspective on an environmental crisis of growing national concern.

Selected by Choice as one of the year's "Outstanding Academic Books."

The Contributors

The contributors bring to the discussion expertise in such areas as natural resource law, biology, tribal and Northwest history, and anthropology. They are Bill M. Bakke, Michael C. Blumm, F. Lorraine Bodi, Joseph Cone, Douglas W. Dompier, Stanley V. Gregory, Robert Kentta, William L. Lang, James A. Lichatowich, William G. Robbins, and Courtland L. Smith.

Member of AAUP