TU's Chris Hunt visits Alaska's Denali Highway in search of Arctic grayling and melting ice.
After more than a dozen years and two presidential administrations (and darn near a third!), the native trout streams atop Colorado's Roan Plateau are safe from the drill bit. Trout Unlimited and it partners celebrated the announcement of a new resource management plan that protects the best fish and game habitat on the Roan, while allowing for responsible and measured natural gas development elsewhere on the plateau.
TU's Chris Hunt drove from Idaho to the Arctic Ocean this past summer. Here's a bit of the adventure he enjoyed on his 10-week trip.
"In the wake of a rancorous debate, many will want to walk around the battle-field and bayonet the wounded. Others will howl in the wind and talk of moving to Canada. Resist both urges. Our work, our entire approach to collaborative stewardship—is more vital—more needed in this country than ever before. The voices of sportsmen and women will be ever more central in the coming years. So few issues bring the country together today. Conservation—the notion that we can take specific actions today, to make the world a better place for our kids tomorrow—may be the one issue that can help to ...More
"In the wake of a rancorous debate, many will want to walk around the battle-field and bayonet the wounded. Others will howl in the wind and talk of moving to Canada. Resist both urges. Our work, our entire approach to collaborative stewardship—is more vital—more needed in this country than ever before. The voices of sportsmen and women will be ever more central in the coming years. So few issues bring the country together today. Conservation—the notion that we can take specific actions today, to make the world a better place for our kids tomorrow—may be the one issue that can help to unite an otherwise divided nation."
In 2015, the toxic tailings from the Gold King Mine in southwest Colorado coursed down the Animas River, causing many to fear for the fish and the other aquatic life in the renowned waterway. But the river rebounded quickly, and is fishing as well as it has in years.
When dam repairs on Wyoming's Shoshone River sent thick plume of fish-killing sediment downstream this fall, there were worries that this incident would have a lasting impact on the river. And it very well might. But there is also opportunity for long-term restoration of this amazing trout river.
As state lawmakers in the West prepare again for their onslaught on public lands ownership, it's important to note that public lands issues aren't limited to the West. In Wisconsin, for example, anglers are losing access as public lands slips into private ownership.
When three dams were removed or retrofitted to allow for fish passage on Maine's Penobscot River, fish returned, literally, by the millions. Shad, alewives, lamprey—even sturgeon—turned up above the old dam sites. And this year, 500 wild Atlantic salmon returned. More will come back in the years to come, but it will be a long, slow process.
Trout Unlimited's Chris Wood delivers the organization's annual State of TU presentation to volunteers at TU's annual meeting in Bozeman, Mont. The Cliff's Notes version? TU makes fishing better ... for everyone.
TU has worked to protect America's public lands legacy for decades. Now we need everyone to get behind the fight to keep our birthright intact.
We must act now to protect what's ours, both for us and our children and grandchildren.
The value of public lands isn't realized in just one visit, but rather over a lifetime of adventures to places that belong to all of us.
Alaska's seemingly inexhaustible supply of public lands make it among the best place in the world to hunt and fish. Keeping that land in public hands will keep Alaska wild and accessible to anglers and hunters for generations to come.
Women fish, too, and the ladies proved it last week when they took third place at the annual Utah Single-fly event on the Green River.
WWII veteran Frank Moore talks about his home waters on public lands: The North Umpqua River in Oregon.
Fly fishing Yosemite is a treat for anglers willing to glide through crowds of tourists, climbers and hikers. There are ample chances to get off the beaten path, and the scenery is simply hard to beat.
Visit one of America's smallest (and fishiest) national parks in Maine: Acadia National Park, where the brook trout are willing and getting away from the crowds is easier than you think.
Former U.S. Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck talks about the great wealth every American inherits, simply by being born in this country. We're all public landowners. It's time to beat back this idea that transferring them to states and private interests is in our best interest. It's not. It's theft. It's wrong. And we won't stand for it.
Fishpond founder John Land le Coq understands the value of public lands to him and to his company's success. Watch le Coq fish in his home waters and talk about how public lands are part of the American identity.
With a landmark agreement in place to remove dams from the Klamath River, California's signature salmon and steelhead river is well on its way toward recovery. But it took decades—and compromised from all involved—to achieve this outcome.
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in north-central Alaska is one of the country's least-visited national parks, and that's because it's tough to get to. But the fishing is easily among the best in the world, thanks to willing Arctic grayling.