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About Chris Wood

Before coming to Trout Unlimited in September 2001, Chris Wood served as the senior policy and communications advisor to the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service where he helped protect 58 million acres of publicly ... Read more about Chris Wood

Ticking time bombs in Appalachia

Editor’s note: TU President and CEO Chris Wood was invited to testify before Congress on innovative approaches and economic development opportunities of abandoned mine land reclamation. TU hopes to work with Congress to advance legislation to support this type of restoration work, both on coal and hardrock mines across the country. To learn more, visit … Read more

Protecting Bristol Bay… This One is Personal

By Chris Wood Last month’s release of the draft “environmental impact statement” to permit industrial-scale mining in Bristol Bay, Alaska, made me recall the first time I set eyes on that remarkable landscape nearly 12 years ago. Trout Unlimited was looking to expand our presence in Alaska, so I consulted Tim Bristol, a long-time Alaska … Read more

Little streams make a big difference for our drinking water

By Chris Wood As it flows along my family’s land in Levels, West Virginia, the Little Cacapon River is fed by several small seasonal waterways formed by rainwater and snowmelt. Eventually, all that water runs into the Potomac River and on past our nation’s capital, where a half-century ago, forward-thinking policymakers crafted a landmark act … Read more

How the shutdown is harming anglers

By Chris Wood “Good riddance. Think of all of the money we are saving.” I looked at Max in exasperation. He is one of the most hard-core sportsmen I know. I have hunted for whitetail with him in driving rainstorms in West Virginia, and stalked catfish on the Potomac using hummus-impregnated Clouser-minnows. He is a … Read more

He’s just an old dog

“He’s just an old dog.” Parker lit up, at least as much as a 17-year old pit-lab mix can. Larry, the neighborhood poet, and resident feral cat-feeder, was on his way to the back-alley to spread his cat food, and Parker stayed glued to the bag at Larry’s side. “We are all old dogs,” I … Read more

Just enough

By Chris Wood Fred’s note was unexpected. He was one of the first TU volunteers I met 17 years ago when he was 78 years young. At the time, I wondered who is this cool cat with the white pony-tail and turquoise rings? His note read, “a few months ago our son, Jon, and his … Read more

Standing tall for small waterways

By Chris Wood This week the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers proposed a radical change in how the nation manages our streams and wetlands. For most of the first 30 years of the Clean Water Act, its rules applied to large and small, perennial and temporary, streams and virtually all wetlands. … Read more


Mike Dombeck sports a familiar pose. By Chris Wood You don’t realize it until it is too late. You forgot to say, “Thank you” or even, “Hello.” Jack Casey taught my sophomore and senior years high school English classes at Saint Peters in Je rsey City. He was a smallish man who would enthuse the … Read more

Coming home to the river

By Chris Wood Terry Edwards deployed five times for the Air Force. When his children were younger he deployed overseas, then came a tour in Kuwait. Later, came two tours in Iraq. His final deployment was in southwest Asia. Terry told me, “There is always a transition in coming home. Things stay with you, stick … Read more

Give Idaho’s wild steelhead a chance

By Chris Wood The first time you snorkel a stream, the size of the bugs are disarming. Stoneflies tumbling down the stream look like aquatic dragons bent on taking off a limb. It is an optical illusion, of course. We were way up in the South Fork of the Salmon Riv er drainage. Hiking in … Read more