When people think of wild salmon and steelhead, I’m reasonably certain that most imaginations drift northward to Alaska. Storied runs, vast wilderness and glacier-fed rivers, the multitude of behemoth brown bears fattening themselves on these fish as they return from the sea. It’s a powerful image, perhaps one of the most iconic in the world of fish and fishing. Read more…
Leonardo da Vinci is credited with the quote: “Water is the driving force in nature.” In many ways this is irrefutable, particularly when considered from a human perspective. Coastlines and major rivers have defined the patterns of human development spanning thousands of years. The relatively brief post-Plymouth Rock history of the United States of America is a prime example. European settlement of this country began on the eastern seaboard. The new arrivals were bound by water.
Night’s darkness is elusive during an Alaskan June. Stubborn light clings to the tundra horizon as perpetual dusk, silhouetting stunted spires of black spruce. This is the landscape of the Bristol Bay region. Conscious of it or not, it is the Alaska characterized in the dreams of almost every passionate outdoorsperson. These are fantasies of soaring glacier-laced mountains, massive brown bears, herds of caribou, remote fly-in fishing camps and profound pulses of salmon moving from sea to headwaters each season.
The Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 Needs Your Help
Call your U.S. Senators to keep it Alive!
The Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 (S.3525) still can be enacted in this Congress if we keep the pressure on. All hunters, target shooters and firearms owners should call your senators today and urge them to work in a bipartisan manner to resolve budgetary concerns raised on Monday so the Sportsmen’s Act can be brought back to the floor for a vote on final passage. There are ongoing negotiations but time is running short. Tell your senators to compromise and reach a bipartisan agreement now.
The Sportsmen’s Act is the most important package of measures for the benefit of sportsmen in a generation. It took a great deal of work to bring together no less than 46 of the nation’s leading sportsmen and conservation groups including NSSF, NRA, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, American Sportfishing Association, International Game Fish Association, Center for Coastal Conservation, and Boone and Crockett Club to champion S.3525.
Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 to urge your senators to continue their bipartisan work on The Sportsmen’s Act of 2012. Let’s get the bill passed before the end of the 112th Congress. Find complete contact information for your elected officials here.
Visit NSSF’s Government Relations site at nssf.org/GovRel
Utah’s High Desert: An Urgent Call
Strip mining for coal is destroying the high desert of southwestern Utah. And if you get to know the desert and its surroundings, you will come to understand what a heinous crime strip mining has become.
From a distance, the high desert of southwestern Utah, in the semiarid foothills of the Colorado Plateau, seems a pitiful place. Even the imagination cannot replace the desolation—devoid of the life, color, and diversity that are assumed to be the foundation of wilderness. But just as you cannot marvel at the darkness by drenching it with light, you cannot see the desert without wading in and touching it with your senses.
Trout Unlimited needs your help – please visit our online action center now to support the Farm Bill. As one of the nation’s most cost-effective and successful conservation programs, the Farm Bill protects great fishing by putting more water into rivers and creating quality stream habitat through improved agricultural management practices.
And it is in jeopardy. Some lawmakers are using today’s budget climate to threaten conservation programs in the Farm Bill. You can help by contacting your members of Congress today and urging them to support the Senate Agriculture Committee proposal that includes reasonable reductions to conservation programs without undermining their effectiveness entirely.
WHY WE CARE
Simply put, the Farm Bill’s conservation programs improve agricultural land and water management and that means better fishing. With the support of Farm Bill programs, TU works tirelessly with ranchers and farmers to upgrade irrigation systems, adopt stream-friendly management practices, and enhance both habitat and agricultural operations. This means more water in rivers, better riparian habitat, and strong rural communities which are the backbone of the places we love to fish.
Grand Lake St. Marys died in 2009. A slow and painful death, it happened over many decades.
Constructed as a feeder lake to store water for the Miami-Erie Canal, Grand Lake St. Marys, at its completion in 1845, was the largest manmade lake in the world. The reservoir rests on the summit between the Ohio River and Lake Erie and is now Ohio’s largest inland lake.
A proposed pipeline to divert billions of gallons of water from Wyoming and Utah to Colorado’s Front Range threatens more than the world-class trout fishing in the Green River and Flaming Gorge Reservoir. It poses a threat to a series of small communities and a way of life. This video from TU and the Sportsmen’s Conservation Project shows why. To view the video please click the image above or http://vimeo.com/34666248
Trout Unlimited’s Sportsmen’s Conservation Project: Protecting the Best of What’s Left :: Story and Photography by Chris Hunt
Habitat and opportunity. Without the first, the second is impossible.
Trout Unlimited’s Sportsmen’s Conservation Project works on public lands throughout the West on landscape-level campaigns to protect the best of what’s left with this notion in mind. If we are able to protect irreplaceable fish and game habitat, we are cementing in place the ability to hunt and fish on public lands for generations to come. Read more…