Let rivers heal

  A report from the Oregon State University Department of Fisheries says that current salmon habitat and river restoration efforts will fail unless they focus on entire watersheds or landscapes, rather than on a single process or species. For such a holistic approach to work, the report says, overgrazing, pollution and too much water consumption must stop and riparian areas must be allowed to heal themselves. "If you have emphysema," J. Boone Kauffman, co-author of the report, said, "the first thing would be to stop smoking. We can't just give you an iron lung and say, "Go ahead." And this is what we're doing with restoration now."

To get a copy of the report, which appeared in the May 1997 issue of the journal Fisheries, write Judy Starnes, Publications, Forest Research Lab, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331 (541/737-4274).

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