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In 2013, after a successful campaign by the Lower Elwha K’lallam Tribe and local conservationists, the nation’s largest dam removal project was completed on Washington’s Elwha River. More than two years have passed and this newly-restored watershed that links Olympic National Park with the salt waters of the Salish Sea is in the midst of a fascinating and unprecedented transformation. “An Evening on the Elwha” will present a series of rapid-fire presentations by renowned experts from the field who will describe how this rich ecological system is coming back to life before our eyes. Presentations will cover salmon recovery, otters, sediment migration, estuary and coastal restoration, reservoir revegetation, a trip down the re-wilded river, and much more.
Speakers include: Frances Charles, Lower Elwha K’lallam Tribal Chairwoman; George Pess, NOAA-Fisheries Program Manager; Ian Miller, Coastal Hazards Specialist for Washington Sea Grant; Kim Sager-Fradkin, Lower K’lallam Tribal Wildlife Program Manager; Sarah Morley, NOAA-Fisheries Research Ecologist; Shawn Cantrell, Regional Director for Defenders of Wildlife; Joshua Chenoweth, Olympic National Park Restoration Botanist; Jonathan A. Warrick, U.S. Geological Survey Research Geologist; David Spiegel, Outdoor Adventurer/Writer/Photographer, Elwha River 2015 Source to Sea expedition; and Lynda Mapes, environmental reporter for the Seattle Times as emcee of the evening
Presented by: American Whitewater, Defenders of Wildlife, National Parks Conservation Association, NatureBridge, and Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition.