Headwater protection, alone, is not enough to sustain healthy wild steelhead populations. We also need to manage fisheries so that enough fish return each year to fully utilize the intact spawning and rearing habitat that was so wisely preserved a century ago. And we need to ensure that timber [ READ MORE... ]
The first stages of deconstructing two dams on the Elwha River began in the summer of 2011, and by the end of the 2013 summer the lower most dam -- Elwha Dam -- was fully removed. That action opened up several miles of habitat for salmon, trout and char. But it was not until a few weeks ago that [ READ MORE... ]
It's the only blue ribbon fishery in the state of Washington, but it's also one of the most important, and in late August, local officials - from the Governor to staff of Washington's elected officials - came to see some of the most visionary water work in the country.
She first rattled west in a 1914 Cadillac. I think about them sometimes; all crammed into that open car, the hot, oppressive Iowa wind in their hair. The cool sweet mountain air of Colorado must have seemed like heaven to her. She dreamed of owning her little piece of heaven. One day when she was [ READ MORE... ]
In 1991, Trey Combs released his iconic book “Steelhead Fly Fishing.” In the chapter titled “North Umpqua River” he described Oregon’s world famous steelhead river and the “camp water” area in particular, as “the most celebrated waters in all of steelhead fly fishing.” These are public waters. I [ READ MORE... ]
"I didn't think we had a chance," Peterson wrote in her article that appeared in today's Casper Star. "Game and Fish's chief of fisheries laughed on the phone when I told him the idea. If we each caught a couple and saw a chunk of their native range, I'd be happy.
Over the past 10 years TU has been working with a diverse group of partners to rebuild the tributaries to Ninemile Creek that were buried under mine waste and re-routed by dredge ponds. This year we're breaking ground on our largest project to date--we're rebuilding floodplains and stream channels [ READ MORE... ]
Public lands are the symbol of the things we as a nation have managed to get right. We are a nation of explorers and adventurers. We believe in freedom and we deserve it. We need these vast public spaces to find ourselves, to journey and to test ourselves. We need these places not just as people [ READ MORE... ]
A debate over the disposal of federal public lands has been brewing in coffee shops and the halls of Congress. This dispute is not so much about any one specific place that is threatened: an ambiguous platform of divesting Federal lands puts each and every public land fishing hole and elk wallow [ READ MORE... ]
The idea of public lands transcends any price tag. It’s the foundation for a lot of us - how we became who we are - a collection of moments that pull together to make full lives - more full. As in lives worth living.