Josh Asel started wildlife and conservation photography in 2012 and has transitioned into an award-winning photographer, Ethics Committee Member at NANPA, large carnivore tracker, author, and instructor. He founded Wild Expectations, is represented by Wildscreen, and has appeared on multiple judging panels. Josh’s publications include Defenders of Wildlife, Improve Photography, National Geographic Education, Alaska Airlines Magazine, and The Press Democrat, among others.
The full importance of recovering coho salmon hadn’t hit me until I realized exactly how many people and organizations have come together to try to make their dream a reality. Public resource agencies, non-profit NGOs, and hundreds of private land owners in all, despite whatever differences they may or may not have, believe the salmon have every right and need to be here. And maybe more so in the way that nature doesn’t need us but it is we that actually need it to keep thousands of jobs, to help prevent excessive erosion, to fuel nutrients into our watersheds, to stay a part of the three billion dollar a year industry of the Pacific Northwest, and to keep our rich cultural history alive. For an anadromous fish that only lives three years, that’s quite an impact. It really goes to remind me about how fully humans are impacted by all aspects of nature.