Chinook Dreams; A Fish Story for the Ages

Oregon designated the Chinook salmon as our official state fish in 1961 but we all know that the king of the salmon, one of the most tenacious and amazing on the planet, has been vital to Oregon for much longer.

Despite habitat degradation, dams and commercial fishing, the Chinook keep coming back. They spawn, they die and their carcasses nourish the streams as they remind us all that we are eventually going back to the earth.

From An Appreciation of Oregon, my series published in The Oregonian and Oregonlive.