Earth Day 50th Anniversary and the Story of the Siuslaw

The Story of the Siuslaw

Slick bedrock exposed by years of damaging river practices. Local communities are working hard to restore rivers throughout the Siuslaw Watershed.

Restoring the Siuslaw

Be a Part of Our Story

Members of the Siuslaw tribe forage for wild cranberries in a bog on Tahkenitch Lake.

This week marks the 50th Anniversary of #EarthDay, a global celebration encouraging education and stewardship of the planet's natural resources. A lot has happened in 50 years.

The Siuslaw Watershed has been shaped by change. Managed and stewarded by Siuslaw tribal people for generations and into today, the watershed at one time supported such ecologic proliferation that its salmon run was second only to the Columbia. In the time following white European settlement, streams were straightened, forests logged, and salmon numbers greatly reduced.

Now, the Siuslaw enters another era of change, as partners and community members join together to restore habitat to benefit both fish and people. But amidst this change the Siuslaw River, its tributaries, coastal lakes, and estuary hold great promise for restoring endangered coho salmon.

To tell the stories of a place that holds so much possibility for the coho, we have partnered with Ecotrust to produce two story maps—illustrative story experiences. Take a scroll through the Story of the Siuslaw, with photos, old and new, and interactive maps that tell the tale of this landscape in flux—from its geologic formation to the many different people who have stewarded and shaped its ecology. In Restoring the Siuslaw, look through the layers of our ecosystem, learn more about how critical habitats support coho in their various stages, and the economic benefits of restoration for local communities in return.

How to navigate the story map: Use your mouse to scroll downward on the page for new content to appear. To jump to a different section of the story map, see the section titles in the black menu bar at the top of the page.

Restoring the Siuslaw...

Hear about our plans for Coho Salmon Recovery. Why Coho?
Learn why recovery of this keystone species is the future to our success on this 50th Earth Day Anniversary in another Story Map of our recovery plans.

Be a part of our story...

When you become a member, you become part of our story, the restoration of the Siuslaw and recovery of Coho Salmon. We understand the tumultuous, unpredictable nature of this time and that resources are needed on the front lines of the pandemic crisis. We are not actively soliciting donations this Earth Day Anniversary. Should you choose to give, thank you! Your membership donation will go towards restoring our watershed, remotely and in the field, over the coming months to benefit the environment and the economy.While we can't all be out on the river right now, we will come together and celebrate soon!