Saving Tarboo Creek
Booklist Reviews 2017 November #1
Freeman comes to land conservation in two ways: he's a biologist with a longstanding devotion to the land and also married into the Leopold legacy. Aldo Leopold, renowned ecologist, was his wife's grandfather, and Carl Leopold, a plant physiologist, was his father-in-law. These giants inform much of the book and the work that Freeman and his family perform as they try to reclaim a creek and a surrounding patch of land in northwest Washington State. Freeman explains in clear, nonjudgmental prose what is lost when farmland and forests are cleared for "development," and the losses are great. As soil is disturbed, whole ecosystems are laid waste, and invasive species too often find purchase. To reestablish an ecosystem is not only backbreaking work but it is a guessing game. It's not just development that threatens ecosystems, though. Our tastes and technology drive destruction, too. Readers may never feel good about ordering salmon again after considering the global cost. Thought-provoking and unsettling, this highly readable book is made lovely by homey drawings sprinkled throughout. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2017 November #2
In healing the land, the Freemans heal themselves. That land, purchased in 2004, covers 18 acres of salmon and upland habitat along Tarboo Creek on Washington state's Olympic Peninsula. The spirit of Aldo Leopold, the father of environmental ethics, suffuses this book. First, the family ties: Freeman (biology, Univ. of Washington) is married to Leopold's granddaughter, who illustrates the text. Their work has many parallels to Leopold's