Manna of the Northwest

In recent years a popular campaign slogan—“salmon in the trees“—has moved front-&-center into the effort to rein-in destructive developments in salmon watersheds throughout the Pacific Northwest. By one interpretation, salmon-delivered nutrients to our streamside soils are thought to make trees grow bigger and faster. Ironically, riparian spruces may turn out to be some of the only species whose productivity is relatively unaffected by decomposing fish. Some of the greatest stands documented by the Landmark Trees Project are upstream of salmon-barrier falls. Conversely, we’ve seen many mediocre streamside forests with bear-discarded spawners littering the understory.

But no one can deny the centrality of salmon to our nutritional, ecological and spiritual existence, here on the rainy coast.

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Our laminated tri-fold guide to Streamwalking is the guide you’ll want in your pocket when you’re bushwacking in the Tongass.  It covers a variety of common plants and animals of Southeast Alaskan streams and ponds.  Top your waders all you want, it can take a dunk.

The Streamwalker’s Companion


This is an overview of streamwalking in Southeast Alaska intended for anyone who wants to put on a pair of boots and study the myriad lifeforms in our streams. You’ll find some biology here, and some chemistry, and some hydrology.  Streams are incredibly complex systems; this book helps a budding naturalist take a first leap into the water.