Restoring and preserving environments that produce a bounty of salmon is a job that goes on no matter where you are around the Pacific. No less so than in eastern Russia. Dave Martin, Director of Camp Westwinds, will describe Thursday evening, Salmon Conservation Efforts in the Russian Far East, including the Kamchatka Peninsula and Sakhalin Island. His presentation will begin at 6:30 PM at the Central Lincoln PUD in Newport.
Dave is currently director of Camp Westwind, a 500-acre conservation youth camp located at the mouth of the Salmon River, north of Lincoln City. But prior to becoming director, Dave worked for the Wild Salmon Center, based in Portland, and other salmon conservation organizations, including salmon conservation in far eastern Russia. Dave worked in the area for several years and is fluent in the Russian language. The Wild Salmon Center continues to work with local conservation groups in that area, providing scientific expertise, organization assistance, and funding.
This area is one of the real strongholds of wild salmon production, but is coming under increasing threat from industrial development and from poaching.
The MidCoast Watersheds Council is a Newport-based nonprofit organization dedicated to restoration and protection of watersheds in the central coast area, in the context of healthy local communities. The Council provides a forum to the community for discussion of issues related to economic and environmental health. The Council also has an extensive program of natural resource education in Lincoln County schools and in summer.