Yesterday I decided to spend some time walking around Richardson Grove. The grove is located right near the Humboldt/Mendocino county line, along highway 101. I have driven past this grove numerous times on my way to Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Highway 101 actually meanders right through the heart of the grove. If you may recall, Richardson Grove had been in the news this past year. There was a highway widening project that was proposed, that had the potential to seriously alter, or impact the giant trees that currently grow right next to the highway. The project has been defeated for now.
"God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools."
I was wrong. I walked to a section of the river that was quite shallow, where the current was moving at a rapid pace. All of a sudden, I heard a splash, and saw what appeared to be a tail fin thrashing about in the river, the fish fighting the current as it was swimming upstream. The fish had a pinkish tint to it, and was ENORMOUS! Just then, I started to see a few more, all of them hanging out in places where the current was really moving, all fighting to swim upstream. More thrashing and splashing. The salmon! They are back!
Here is an article describing the return of the salmon to the Eel River that I found yesterday. Thanks to restoration efforts, the fish are making a comeback. We need to hear good news, and this is good news in my opinion. It is my belief that the health of these ancient cycles are necessary for the overall health of all living organisms on this earth.
As the trail began to wind up the hillside, the traffic noise began to lessen and the silence of the forest returned ever so slightly. The hillside contained a nice mixed forest of madrone, redwood, and Douglas Fir, amongst a few others.