Looking back on 2014, it's hard not to feel despair for California salmon. Come August, several streams in the Central Valley were drying up. Native fish were absent from many of their summer haunts. There was, however, a startling exception to the run of bad salmon news.
On the Shasta River, a lifeline for Siskiyou County cattle ranchers, more than 18,000 fall-run Chinook salmon returned from the ocean. That's more than double the return from the previous fall. More importantly, average returns during the past four years have quadrupled.
Read the full story of this Nature Conservancy success.