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Saving Tarboo Creek

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Saving Tarboo Creek is the story of humans working to undo the impact of other humans on the natural environment.

Author Scott Freeman and his wife Susan Leopold Freeman purchased a piece of land on the Olympic Peninsula in Western Washington. Running from north to south, Tarboo Creek, one of the most pristine estuaries left in Puget Sound, bisected the parcel. From the beginning the Freemans and their two then-young sons set out to join a community of private individuals and public organizations already working to restore wild salmon habitat.

Susan’s grandfather, Aldo Leopold (1887-1948), was a respected conservationist, and a pioneering environmental ethicist who believed “good people should treat the land around them the same way good people treat the people around them.” This once revolutionary land ethic is the foundation for everything the Freemans do. But theirs is a very 21st century story.

Everything is connected. As Freeman observes, “An ecosystem is a tapestry; climate change pulls at the threads.”

And so the Freemans set out to bring back the salmon. But first they needed to restore the creek, which means returning a manmade channel to a naturally meandering...


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