Ray Ring's article on the Alaska salmon ecosystem was the most moving thing I've ever read in HCN ("Ecosystems 101," HCN, 11/25/13). I worked on a commercial salmon-fishing boat in Alaska one summer and have since considered these species to be absolutely sacred. It seems developers always have a price tag to put on the next pile of ore they're after. What if the Columbia River ecosystem could actually be restored to its former abundance? Could we put a dollar value on that? I think God would smile on us for a move that couldn't be measured with money. My hat is off to the researchers doing this work, and to Ring for so ably reporting it.