Author Event: Jeff Crane, "Finding the River"

06/13/2012 7:00 pm

Jeff Crane

Finding the River: An Environmental History of the Elwha

Wednesday, June 13 at 7 p.m.
Grass Roots Books & Music
27 SW 2nd Street, Corvallis

Co-Sponsored by OSU Press

In 1992 landmark federal legislation called for the removal of two dams from the Elwha River to restore salmon runs. Jeff Crane dives into the debate over development and ecological preservation in Finding the River, presenting a long-term environmental and human history of the river as well as a unique look at river reconstruction.

Finding the River examines the ways that different communities—from the Lower Elwha Klallam Indians to current-day residents—have used the river and its resources, giving close attention to the harnessing of the Elwha for hydroelectric production and the resulting decline of its fisheries. Crane describes efforts begun in the 1980s to remove the dams and restore the salmon. He explores the rise of a river restoration movement in the late twentieth century and the roles that free-flowing rivers could play in preserving salmon as climate change presents another set of threats to these endangered fish.

Jeff Crane is associate professor of history at Sam Houston State University. He coedited Natural Protest: Essays on the History of American Environmentalism and his essays are published in Oregon Historical Quarterly and Columbia. He grew up exploring the Olympic Peninsula and hiking along the Elwha.

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ISBN-13: 9780870716072
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Published: Oregon State University Press, 2/2012

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