Querencia: A love of place

In 2011, when I was still president of New Mexico’s Santa Fe (Truchas) Chapter, I was approached by Nick Streit, president of the Taos (Enchanted Circle) Chapter and owner of the Taos Fly Shop, about restoring a section of the Red River in Questa. The Red had been a workhorse for several decades, impacted by … Read more

Draining pond in Maine has good unintended results

By Jeff Reardon Since 2014, TU’s Merrymeeting Bay Chapter has been focused on brook trout in coastal streams, at least some of which migrate downstream to saltwater for part of their life.   They’ve been working with me to document brook trout populations in previously un-surveyed streams by angling and electrofishing surveys; monitor water temperatures with long-term data loggers; and, … Read more

Public input for public resources

“Sometimes problems don’t require a solution to solve them; Instead they require maturity to outgrow them.” – Steve Maraboli By Tasha Sorensen March 6, 2020 *Public comment period closes on Tuesday, March 10th. Read on to learn about the proposal and how to make your voice heard.* What’s Happening? Have you ever thought to yourself, … Read more

What a week: Three things you can do for conservation

This week has been a whirlwind for conservation. Wednesday held big news about a bill to permanently and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund and anglers continue to weigh in under ticking comment deadlines for NEPA and the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act. We’ve got what you need to get up to … Read more

LWCF up for full and permanent funding?

A bill introduced today by a bipartisan group of Senators may end the decades-long effort to permanently and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The bill, called the Great American Outdoor Act, is a package of two bills that have already cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee with bipartisan support. By … Read more

Restoring a future with Gila trout

By Jeff Arterburn Very few people encounter the mountainous region of southwestern New Mexico known as “The Gila” by accident. The nearest interstates track the open desert valleys far from the sierra. Locals here will still acknowledge the occurrence of oncoming vehicles with a finger raised momentarily from the steering wheel, and not the middle … Read more