It’s what these fish stand for: a still functioning natural atmosphere, the Pacific Northwest a large number of people mean when they are saying they live here—a spot not similar to far and wide else. That’s both good and bad news for Jeff Davis, director of conservation for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. He knows people here still care about salmon. But he also is well aware he is losing this battle. A congressional tour of suburbs south of the state capital in Olympia, where pavement is urgent deeper into the last bastions for salmon, left him in depression. Restoration work is underway all around the state, but it is being outpaced by habitat loss.