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Sam Davidson

Sam Davidson hired on at Trout Unlimited in 2003, and has served as communications director for TU’s Western Water Project, field director for TU’s public…

  • From the field Dam Removal

    Freeing the Eel

    TU and partners sue to protect endangered salmon and steelhead as California dams await decommissioning The Eel River is the last, best hope for recovery of wild salmon and steelhead in California. But two old, fish-killing dams on the Eel block access to over 200 miles of high-quality spawning and nursery habitat in the headwaters…

  • Fishing

    Striper hunting in steelhead country

    TU’s Wild Steelhead Initiative shifts into turbocharge—and takes on a voracious predator Oregon’s Umpqua River features some of the most famous salmon and steelhead waters in America. It’s an amazingly productive watershed by almost any measure. Trout Unlimited volunteers and staff have worked hard to keep it that way. I tested this productivity on a…

  • Conservation Advocacy

    Small waters, big fish

    Leveraging federal dollars and partnership muscle to unblock legendary wild fisheries on the OP  Adult wild steelhead can be as long as your leg and weigh 20 pounds. Yet these remarkable fish have adapted to utilize habitats so small that a guppy might feel claustrophobic in them. A case in point is Wisen Creek on…

  • Conservation Advocacy

    Last best chance for recovery of Klamath salmon and steelhead

    There is real hope for restoring the Klamath and its fisheries, however. That’s because a multi-decade effort to remove the four dams of the Lower Klamath Project is now close to the finish line.

    Anglers and others who care about healthy rivers can help by submitting comments on key environmental analysis The Klamath River system historically has been the third most productive for wild salmon and steelhead on the West Coast. But its legendary salmon and steelhead runs are teetering on the brink of collapse. There is real hope…

  • Restoration

    In Oregon, we’re building a ‘Salmon SuperHwy’

    How federal infrastructure dollars are clearing the way for anadromous fish Across the Pacific Northwest, undercut or collapsing culverts are among the biggest problems for salmon and steelhead. To address this problem at the watershed scale in Oregon’s Tillamook and Nestucca River systems, TU led the creation of the Salmon SuperHwy program, a partnership-driven effort…