Join Lower Nehalem Watershed Council for a presentation by author and scientist Dan Bottom examining the science behind estuary wetlands restoration and the recovery of salmon populations, Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Pine Grove Community House 1225 Laneda Ave., in Manzanita.

Although estuaries have long been recognized as biologically productive places, their value as nursery habitat for juvenile salmon has not been fully appreciated until recently. The first comprehensive study of juvenile salmon in an Oregon tidal marsh began less than 20 years ago in the Salmon River estuary. Millions of dollars are spent each year to restore estuarine wetlands to support salmon recovery efforts on the coast and in the Columbia River. Researchers at Salmon River have now quantified the direct contributions of estuary restoration to Chinook and Coho salmon populations.

Bottom served as a fishery research biologist and project leader in state and federal government for 38 years, including 22 years with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Research Section in Corvallis and 16 years with NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Newport. He serves as a member of the expert regional technical group for the Columbia River estuary and as courtesy faculty at Oregon State University.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments. The presentation begins following an update from Lower Nehalem Watershed Council at 7 p.m.

This event is part of the Lower Nehalem Watershed Council’s regular speaker series.

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