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As you leave San Francisco and drive the California coast north, things get, well, bigger. The redwoods of the Bay Area gives way to the great groves of the Lost Coast and Humboldt. The streams draining the hills of central California pass away and the great rivers begin. One, the mightiest of northern California, the Klamath, once hosted huge numbers of salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon. Those fish still exist there today, though in drastically reduced numbers, as the Klamath has been largely tamed by large dams.

That’s about to change. Four dams are slated for removal, re-wilding the majestic Klamath. This short film from Michael Stevens shows the Klamath basin from above, a taste of what’s happened to the river, and a taste of the majesty to come. For more info, head here.

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