Saving Wild Salmon and Our Souls

The Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute will host its second annual Summer Solstice Celebration Tuesday, June 20 at 7 p.m. at the SOEI.

The event will feature Idaho journalist and Northland College alum Rocky Barker.

Barker has covered every environmental issue in Idaho—endangered species, salmon recovery, wilderness, wolf reintroduction, grizzly management, fire, and climate change.

He will be at the SOEI to present, “Saving Wild Salmon and Our Souls.”

The salmon fished in the Great Lakes were introduced from the Columbia River Basin, where a 25-year fight to restore wild salmon is taking place. The movement to restore and protect rivers so they can be free-flowing and healthy once again is taking place along rivers across the country—from the Kennebec River in Maine to the Elwha River in Washington.

This presentation addresses the challenges we face in protecting wildness and rivers.

Rocky Barker is the environmental reporter for the Idaho Statesman in Boise and his columns have been syndicated in newspapers across the nation. His books include “Scorched Earth: How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America” and “Saving all the Parks: Reconciling Economics and the Endangered Species Act.” Barker was honored with the The Wilderness Society’s Aldo Leopold Award for Distinguished Editorial Writing in 2015.

In addition to Barker’s presentation, the celebration will include music from Joel Glickman, recently retired professor of music, and a timely reading by Alan Brew, professor of English and incoming executive director of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute.

This event is free and open to the public.

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