The coastal temperate rain forest of North America, extending from Cook Inlet (Alaska) to Big Sur (California), is a magnificent incubator of Pacific salmon and steelhead trout. Historically, the Sacramento River was second only to the Columbia River in salmon production for this region. In modern times, both these and many other rivers in this rain forest have suffered from the thoughtless construction of impassable dams like Elwha, Grand Coulee and Shasta. While Elwha Dam is planned for removal, Grand Coulee remains a formidable obstacle in re-establishing the salmon economies of the Flathead, Kootenai, Shuswap, Kalispell and Spokan Indians. The proposed raising of Shasta Dam is presently opposed by the Winnemem Wintu.
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