Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Saving Puget Sound: A Conservation Strategy for the 21st Century

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Saving Puget Sound: A Conservation Strategy for the 21st Century

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John Lombard. Saving Puget Sound: A Conservation Strategy for the 21st Century. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2007. 336 pp. ISBN: 0-295-98674-3. $US35 Acid free paper.

John Lombard, an environmental consultant in Washington State, gives an impassioned plea to save the Puget Sound region from the future population growth that has been forecast. Lombard takes a regional approach to protecting the Puget Sound and the forested mountains that surround it. Attached to the sea, the Puget Sound is one of the largest estuaries in the country, and many watersheds enter into it. The area is a national and natural treasure, and tourist destination, abundant with wildlife. Orcas, eagles, songbirds, and salmon, are part of the nearby citizens' everyday lives. "Fish and wildlife native to our region teach us what it means to call this place home. If they can no longer live here, we ignore the message at our peril. The message is not just that resources we mutually depend on are being degraded or lost. Something fundamental to our humanity is being lost as well" (p. xiv).

Arguing that it will take more than government to protect the area and that citizen participation will also be necessary, Lombard says that "we must answer the following questions if we are to conserve our heritage:

Where are we going to allow significant new harm to occur? …

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