Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Oregon Historical Quarterly

Volume

117

Issue

3

Publisher

Oregon Historical Society

Publication Date

Fall 2016

First Page

326

Last Page

377

DOI

10.5403/oregonhistq.117.3.0326

Abstract

In this research article, John Hamilton and his co-authors present extensive new research and information gathered since a 2005 publication on the historical evidence of anadromomous fish distribution in the Upper Klamath River watershed. Using historical accounts from early explorers and ethnographers to early-twentieth-century photographs, newspaper accounts, and government reports, the authors provide a more complete record of past salmon migrations. The updated record “substantiate[s] the historical persistence of salmon, their migration characteristics, and the broad population baseline that will be key to future commercial, recreational, and Tribal fisheries in the Klamath River and beyond.” During a time when salmon restoration plans are being considered in the region, the historical record can serve as guidance to once again establish diverse and thriving populations.

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