Efforts to improve salmon restoration in Pierce County will be the focus Nov. 2 when the Pierce Conservation District, the Broadway Center and Pierce County host “Salmon Stories.” The event will include the showing of three films from Leaping Frog Films and a discussion by restoration experts.
“Saving Puget Sound One Watershed at a Time” is the story of a Kitsap County community’s effort to preserve 40 percent of its watershed. The sustained effort by past and current residents of Illahee should ensure that this natural area will be the community’s legacy to the future of Puget Sound.
“Buried in Sawdust for 50 Years” is about how a Washington estuary was filled with milling waste to a depth of 60 feet, where it remained for 50 years. The North Olympic Salmon Coalition, a local nonprofit group, secured more than $1 million to restore the Salmon Creek estuary back to its original tidal elevation. The film looks at the chemical contamination resulting from years of accumulated wood waste, the discovery of the original estuary elevations with plants and tidal channels still intact and summer chum salmon habitat restoration efforts.
“River as Spirit — Rebirth of the Elwha” looks at the the Elwha River and the people and salmon who have been a part of it for thousands of years. Just a week before the historic dam removal work officially began in September 2012, filmmakers flew and filmed the length of the river, from its source high in the Olympic Mountains to its mouth at the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The film is set to native language with English subtitles, music and poetry.
The event will take place at Tacoma Broadway Center at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for “Salmon Stories” are on sale now and are $14. To purchase tickets, call the Broadway Center Box Office at 253-591-5894 or 800-291-7593, or go to the box office at 901 Broadway, Tacoma, or go online at broadwaycenter.org.