Rivers, Pacific Northwest
The Pacific Northwest has many rivers, streams and creeks, some are big, some are small. Some are long and some are short. They all are beautiful. We have rivers to canoe, rivers to raft, and some of the best steelhead rivers in the world. Some flow down from the mountains through untouched valleys and some are full of big, hard fighting fish. The shores of these systems are teaming with life that will reveal itself if you just sit quiet for a bit.
We have some of the most beautiful river systems in the world full of fish and dotted with incredible waterfalls, most have trails that allow easy access, so come on, take a hike along one of our river systems and see for yourself. The variety of natural formations found in rivers and streams support a wide range of plants and animals. Rapids and pools are important habitat and rearing areas for a wide range of aquatic species, and the river edges and lowlands support an abundance of wild flowers, grasses, shrubbery and animals.
A healthy river system is created when all aspects of plant and animals are part of the plan. For example, if salmon disappear from a river system, the system breaks down, the plant life does not get the nutrients that are provided when various animals move the dead fish up the river banks, the bears move on to other food sources, deer that rely on a vigorous plant reproduction find less feed. The health of our river systems are vitally important to all animals and plants within the watershed.
Rivers also provide a wildlife corridor between the natural habitats and feeding areas located within rural farm areas. Animals have always used river paths as a means to get from the wilderness to feeding areas. Bears are one of the animals most commonly found traveling the river shores, heading to areas where they have traditionally fished for thousands of years. It is quite important to insure they will always be able to use these corridors and any future usability studies must include the needs of bears and the other animals that use these river corridors.