Traveling to the Pacific Northwest allowed me to witness conservation in
In Cleveland, I had always practiced environmentally-friendly options,
such as recycling,
but it wasn’t until my trip to the PNW that I saw firsthand
the things we were accomplishing.
Due to logging, salmon breeding streams were
no longer acceptable, causing a decline in salmon population and as a result,
KW’s were forced to leave Puget Sound. Then I saw what people were doing to fix
new foresting techniques and salmon hatcheries were making it
possible for the salmon to return to acceptable numbers.
In the future, this
may allow killer whales to return to Puget Sound.
While I watched killer whales
from shore and ultimately from a zodiac,
I began to truly appreciate them, and
to realize the importance of conservation education.
“We will conserve only
what we love, love only what we understand, understand only what we are taught.”