This is a story from one lifetime ago in the highest salmon grounds on earth, Idaho’s upper Salmon River.

It bears on a judgment many Northwest residents and elected leaders are now making: whether restoring free-flowing conditions in the lower Snake River by removing its dams can restore a new version of salmon abundance in Idaho and northeast Oregon.

Pat Ford grew up in Idaho Falls. He worked for the Idaho Conservation League for seven years and he worked for the Save Our wild Salmon Coalition for 22 years. He retired in 2014.

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