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Saving Tarboo Creek
One Family’s Quest to Heal the Land
By Scott Freeman
with Illustrations by
Susan Leopold Freeman
A meditation on living a more natural life.
When the Freeman family decided to restore a severely damaged creek in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula—to transform it from a drainage ditch into a stream that could again nurture indigenous salmon— they knew the task would be formidable and the rewards plentiful.
In Saving Tarboo Creek, Scott Freeman artfully blends his family’s story with powerful universal lessons about how we can all live more constructive, fulfilling, and natural lives by engaging with the land rather than exploiting it. Equal parts heartfelt and empowering, global science and local action, this book explores how we can all make a difference one choice at a time.
In the proud tradition of Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac, Saving Tarboo Creek is both a timely tribute to our land and a bold challenge to protect it. Adding to the legacy, Leopold’s granddaughter Susan, an artist and matriarch of the Freeman family, created this book’s illustrations.
As a biologist and teacher at the University of Washington, Scott has authored the textbooks Biological Science and Evolutionary Analysis and is recognized as a world authority on innovative science education. His first published work for a general audience, the pages of Saving Tarboo Creek flow easily as the natural outgrowth of his life, his professional work, and his personal passions.