Posts Tagged: national parks

Back in the real world, saving one dam salmon at a time

King salmon

While Washington, D.C. was solving another self-created crisis, real American solutions were emerging in the other Washington.   As William Yardley writes in the New York Times, massive dams that have prevented salmon from migrating upstream on the Elwha River are to be physically removed, allowing salmon to move naturally to their spawning grounds.  Experts predict that “392,000 fish will fill 70 miles of habitat now blocked by the dams, matching the predam peak. Chinook here once grew as big as 100 pounds, and experts say they should reach that size again.”  (more…)

Public parks: If it worked for FDR, it could work for Obama

William Yardley of the New York Times delivers a pretty upsetting picture of where our public spaces are headed in this look at state parks.  Beautiful parks that belong to everyone have been hit hard by the budget hammer and are raising fees, firing staff, or just closing down.  But there could be a bright spot here if the Obama administration is willing to push for more public spending. (more…)