Magazine article National Parks

The Comeback

Magazine article National Parks

The Comeback

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The restoration of the Elwha River is one of the great environmental "underdog" stories of the last century. It's a story that's told in great detail and with stunning images in Elwha: A River Reborn, excerpted in the pages of this issue

In the early 1900s, entrepreneur Thomas Aldwell was intent on making a name for himself, so he didn't let pesky environmental laws get in the way when he decided to put a dam on Washington's Elwha River, at the expense of salmon making their way to spawning grounds. Soon, the Elwha dam was complete, leading Aldwell and others to dream of industrial development that might make the area prosperous; years later, another dam was built at Glines Canyon, 8 miles upstream from the Elwha. (Olympic National Park wouldn't be designated until 1938.) Timber and paper mills sprouted in the shadow of these newfound power outlets.

But years later, the industries declined, and Americans slowly awoke to the unintended consequences of dam construction. …

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