Fixing what ails our western forests and communities

The light smoke in Washington, D.C., signaled devastation in the West. In California, for example, at least 26 people have perished from wildfire, and more than 7,000 structures were destroyed. In Oregon, the Almeda fire, alone, destroyed nearly 2,400 homes and killed at least three people, with more missing

The tonic of wildness

If you are active in the outdoors, it’s hard to beat living in the American West. That’s because all states west of the Great Plains have big swaths of public lands available for fishing and hunting. Except when big swaths of extraordinary wildfire shut them down. Right smack in the middle of Public Lands Month. … Read more

How the BATTERY Act could make a difference for trout and salmon

Windmill at sunset

Minerals like cobalt, lithium, rare earth elements and other minerals are necessary components in electric vehicles, solar panels, and for energy storage from wind farms. Simply put, they are the raw materials upon which a clean energy future is being built. When coupled with a reduction in the use of fossil fuels, renewable energy technology can help us address climate change

TU Mayfly Stations help anglers and guides with real-time data

By Jake Lemon Perhaps no bug is more significant to anglers than the mayfly. We chase them, imitate them, even tattoo their visage on our skin. Now a new type of mayfly is emerging on rivers and streams in the US.   The Mayfly Sensor Station is an autonomous, low-cost water monitoring station that uploads water quality and quantity … Read more

TU and partners remove logging dam on Wisconsin trout stream

By Chris Collier In August, TU worked with our partners in northeast Wisconsin to remove a remnant logging dam in the North Branch Oconto River. This is the second of three dams TU and our partners will remove on the river in Wabeno, Wisc. The dam was originally installed more 100 years ago to help … Read more

TU’s Conservation Hydrology program steps in to monitor and measure California streams

One of the fundamental precepts of science is that, to understand a phenomenon or a system, it is necessary to observe change over time, the rate of change, and the influence of causal factors. In other words, to monitor and measure. Yet frequently resource managers are stretched too thin to do consistent monitoring of salmonid … Read more

Hiking the CDT: Learning to dislike roller coasters

“From the very first day of this section, we could see all the way to where we would be in three days. Across a wide, high desert valley we could see a pass that we would eventually cross over to stay on the divide. To our right and in front of us there was a mountain range that the CDT climbs up into twice.”