Map: The Lands and Waters of Salmon Nation
A region defined by natural boundaries
Each drop of rain is a starting point for seeing the shape of our region in a new light. Raindrops build streams, and streams are nudged this way and that by the contours of the land. Tracing ridgelines across the landscape, our maps reveal a jigsaw pattern of drainage areas: watersheds. If we piece those watersheds together, we arrive at a larger geography defined by the life and culture it supports: our bioregion, Salmon Nation.
Along the Pacific Coast of North America — from the California redwoods north to the Arctic Ocean — any summertime stream that carries more than a couple of garden hoses' worth of water is probably home to at least one species of salmon. The first people of this region were wealthy thanks to the salmon. More recently, scientists surveying the importance of this fish to our flora and fauna have declared it a keystone of regional health.
Beyond salmon, we are bound together by other regional issues, as well — by water, by power and trade. We face common problems, share common interests and look to each other with a common history. Salmon Nation is a place where the economic properity is in harmony with ecological health. It is a place where we not only live, but thrive.
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