Drew YoungeDyke

  • Restoration

    Fishing in the Farm Bill

    When you think of Farm Bill conservation, what comes to mind? Maybe fields full of pheasants or ringed by deer stands. Prairie potholes for waterfowl. What about fish – perhaps a little farm pond full of bluegills and bass? Farm Bill conservation programs actually fund a significant amount of coldwater conservation across the country, and…

  • Public Lands Month

    Of Sticks and Strings

    An outdoor rack holding four archery bows

    Public Lands support the underlying spirit of traditional bowhunting and fly fishing    As trout season draws to a close in Michigan, the leaves change hues and, for many of us, our attention turns to antlered pursuits with the opening of archery deer season. Out West, hunter-anglers have been pursuing elk for almost a month…

  • Advocacy

    Abandoned mines pollute 110,000 miles of Western streams; new legislation and mining reform can help

    Discolored water coming out of a mine opening

    Good Samaritan legislation and mining reform recommendations released this week to spur abandoned mine cleanup. With an estimated half a million abandoned mines scattered across the West, many in remote, hard-to-reach places, the job of cleaning them up seems almost insurmountable. Big, hard things are not accomplished in one fell swoop, though, and just as…

  • Restoration Advocacy

    Colorado River Cutthroat restoration in the Green River watershed getting a boost from BLM

    Close up of small fish with hook in its mouth

    TU, BLM ink $8.867 million partnership for watershed restoration across the West. For over a decade, Nick and Hilary Walrath have been a power couple of Wyoming water restoration, working with landowners, universities, state and federal agencies, and local contractors to restore and enhance the Green River watershed where they call home. Both raised in…

  • Conservation

    Trout in the Suburbs

    Michigan habitat work transforms stream in southeast corner of the state into a trout haven for a big population center.

    Group of people wearing waders stands in a stream

    Paint Creek restoration highlights chapter partnership potential in metro Detroit.  “It’s hard to believe there’s a trout stream 10 feet from this road,” remarked Joe Bruce, conservation committee chair for the Vanguard Chapter of Trout Unlimited. “It’s pretty unique.”  We stood at a crosswalk waiting for heavy traffic crossing a bridge over Paint Creek in…

  • Advocacy

    A Monumental Win for Fishing and Hunting

    Silhouette of man fishing

    New report details how National Monuments support access, opportunity and economy of hunting and fishing. In a new report, National Monuments: A Hunting and Fishing Perspective, 25 groups and businesses – championed by Trout Unlimited, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership – evaluated hunting and fishing opportunity, as well as the…