Saving Tarboo Creek: One Family's Quest to Heal the Land (Hardcover)
"A moving account of a beautiful project. We need stories of healing in this tough moment; this is a particularly fine one." --Bill McKibben, author of Radio Free Vermont
When the Freeman family decided to restore a damaged creek in Washington's Olympic Peninsula--to transform it from a drainage ditch into a stream that could again nurture salmon-- they knew the task would be formidable and the rewards plentiful. In Saving Tarboo Creek, Scott Freeman artfully blends his family's story with powerful universal lessons about how we can all live more constructive, fulfilling, and natural lives by engaging with the land rather than exploiting it. Equal parts heartfelt and empowering, this book explores how we can all make a difference one choice at a time. In the proud tradition of Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac, Saving Tarboo Creek is both a timely tribute to our land and a bold challenge to protect it.
About the Author
Scott Freeman teaches biology courses at the University of Washington, where he received a Distinguished Teaching Award. He worked in environmental education and international conservation before completing a PhD in evolutionary biology at the University of Washington and conducting post-doctoral work at Princeton University as Sloan Fellow. Susan Leopold Freeman grew up outside West Lafayette, Indiana, and attended DePauw University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received a BFA. In 2004, the Freemans bought 18 acres along Tarboo Creek, on Washington State's Olympic Peninsula, and began reforestation and salmon stream restoration work in conjunction with the Northwest Watershed Institute and Jefferson Land Trust. His family now owns and manages over 240 acres of forestland in Jefferson County, all protected by conservation easements held by Jefferson Land Trust.