How often can you see and experience an estuary or place through the eyes of four individuals who have devoted their lives to understanding, exploring, studying and protecting the Salmon River estuary.
Join Dan Bottom, Melany and Duncan Berry, and Conrad Gowell at TWC’s
Dan Bottom has served as a fishery research biologist in state and federal government for 38 years. Much of that time Dan has watched and studied salmon populations in the Salmon River estuary, today one of the most restored estuaries on the Oregon coast. His research interests include the life histories and ecology of Pacific salmon species, salmon population responses to wetland restoration, and the history of ideas in fisheries management.
In 2011 he co-authored an Oregon Sea Grant book examining the conservation future of Pacific salmon species, ‘Pathways to Resilience: Sustaining Salmon Ecosystems in a Changing World’. His talk draws from the book’s 11 peer-reviewed articles and results of a decades-long habitat restoration effort in the Salmon River estuary.
Duncan and Melany Berry
Duncan and Melany have always felt a strong connection and stewardship of the land and environment around them. They worked for six years to save a 13 1/2-acre estuary on Vashon Island, Washington called the Fern Cove Sanctuary. In 2006, they pioneered the effort the create the Westwind Stewardship which acquired and protected in perpetuity their beloved 529 acre camp set in the middle of the Cascade Head UN Biosphere Reserve in Oregon.
When Conrad was six years old, his parents took him to see Santa. With a glint in his eyes, Santa asked, “Young lad, what would you like for Christmas?” Conrad’s simple and clear answer was “I really want a river.” At seven years old, he often rose at six in the morning, donned an ankle-length rain poncho along with yellow rubber boots, and eagerly awaited the chance to fish. Since his teen years Conrad has been swimming, snorkeling and observing Drift Creek (which flows into the