“For me, I think people don’t realize that salmon are in their backyard. We’ve not communicated it well enough. There is no signage on any of these streets that say this is a salmon passage,” the 63-year-old Chehalis resident said over the sound of passing cars.
“We’re not communicating, and I just think that people would treat the environment where the salmon were much better if they knew they were there. I know I did.”
For Russell, it all began back almost eight years ago, back when he was approached by Lewis County Conservation District staff informing him they believed Mill Creek was used by salmon in the fall.
He didn’t think so because he’d never seen one — and neither did the other four dozen or so property owners living along the creek.