"When the Freeman family decided to restore a damaged creek in Washington's Olympic Peninsula--to transform it from a drainage ditch into a stream that could again nurture salmon-- they knew the task would be formidable and the rewards plentiful. In Saving Tarboo Creek, Scott Freeman artfully blends his family's story with powerful universal lessons about how we can all live more constructive, fulfilling, and natural lives by engaging with the land rather than exploiting it. Equal parts heartfelt and empowering, this book explores how we can all make a difference one choice at a time. In the proud tradition of Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac, Saving Tarboo Creek is both a timely tribute to our land and a bold challenge to protect it." -- Amazon.com.
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time - sciencey enough to teach me something new and personal enough for me to make a connection to the
I myself live on a cold water stream in the east with Native Brook Trout and we are also trying to maintain the health of the stream with plantings but unfortunately I have no beavers. :-( Maybe someday.
I would recommend this book to anyone who cares about the environment, who has children who will grow up in an uncertain environmental future, who fishes and who eats fish. There is a lot to learn here - especially that one family can make a difference.
It's time we all took responsibility for a little part of the earth to make sure it lives on into the future.
The copy I reviewed was an advance reading copy and therefore was missing some of the final illustrations, but I often wished the book included a map of the revitalized area, which would have helped visualize the narrative better.
There were some typos here and there, but with the release date being next year, the finished product will likely have those issues solved.
“An ecosystem is a tapestry; climate change pulls at the threads.”
“In just the past thousand years, our increased population and ability to alter habitats around the globe has hit the earth like an
Tarboo Creek, in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, was once a thriving salmon run but over time, due to erosion, development and neglect, it became a damaged trickle. The Freeman family, authors of this book, decided to purchase a large plot of land that the Tarboo traversed and then to restore this creek to it's former glory, making it habitable for the spawning salmon. It was a huge under-taking but one filled with many rewards, for all involved.
The author packs a lot into these 200 pages and your level of interest in nature, biology and ecology, will determine what you will take out of this. It gets very detailed, (my eyes came close to glossing over a time or two) but I learned a whole lot about trees and tree restoration, the hardy lives of salmon and the impact of deforestation and climate change on our planet. I feel it is a timely and important read.
I received this book through a publisher giveaway. Although encouraged, I was under no obligation to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.