Salmon, Cedar, Rock and Rain: Washington’s Olympic Peninsula

by Tim McNulty, Coauthor

Immature Bald Eagle at Mouth of Elwha River

In my essay, I explore the peninsula‚Äôs natural diversity from its geological origins through alpine, forest, riverine and coastal ecology. I review the peninsula’s epic conservation history, the threats posed by climate impacts, the future of the ecosystem and transformative role of restoration — from the Elwha dam removals through the Skokomish watershed and Hoh River restoration efforts to numerous salmon enhancement projects on the North Peninsula.

Western Redcedar

Along with my coauthors David Guterson and Lynda Mapes, seven Indigenous writers representing five Tribal nations tell stories of their peoples’ long-standing relationships with the peninsula’s land and waters and explore Tribal sovereignty, language revitalization, self-governance, and the Tribes’ spiritual relationship with this place. More than 30 photographers superbly capture the peninsula’s beauty and diversity.

Spotted Sandpiper at Mouth of Elwha River