Stream Walkers: Hoh Tribal Staff Take Annual Tally Of Spawning Salmon

HOH (June 24, 2002) — One of the most productive coho streams in the Hoh River system runs next to one of the most popular hiking trails in the world.

Taft Creek, a spring-fed tributary of the Hoh River on the Olympic Peninsula, flows entirely within the Hoh Rain Forest nature trail system in Olympic National Park. Thousands of visitors each year walk next to the one-mile long stream, often oblivious to the fascinating life cycle happening right next to them.

But when natural resources employees from the Hoh Tribe are doing their annual spawning surveys, that life cycle is brought to the attention of park visitors. It means surveyors like Monty Arthur also get to do a little salmon education.