Buying into salmon recovery

  • from the Chinook Book

  Shopping smart just became a way to help imperiled Northwest salmon. The new Chinook Book is the region's first salmon-friendly resource and coupon guide to restaurants, recreation, food and household products. Created by the Celilo Group, a Portland, Ore.-based environmental consulting firm, the $18 book contains $5,000 worth of coupons for products like soaker hoses, energy-efficient lightbulbs and organic food. It also has tips for adopting salmon-friendly practices in the home, garden and everyday life. According to Eric Loebel, director of the book project, the Chinook Book received initial support from the City of Portland, which was seeking ways to educate people on how to reduce the impact of their day-to-day activities on the environment. School and community groups throughout the Northwest are using the coupons to fund raise, but the Chinook Book is also for sale directly to consumers in some local stores and on the Web. Loebel calls book sales "hot" - already more than 3,500 copies have sold. The 120-page book can be ordered at, or by calling the Celilo Group at 503/226-7798.

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