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Summer steelhead, forest health, and climate change

Ideal cold-water pools for salmon on the Eel.

July 13, 2021 — Last month, summer steelhead were listed as endangered under the state Endangered Species Act, which highlighted some of the differences between the summer and winter stocks. Pat Higgins, a fish biologist and managing director of the Eel River Recovery Project, traces the life story of summer steelhead, from the run of the river to the health of the forest and finally, to its place in the pattern of worldwide climate change.


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