Wild and Native: Rules of the River

Last week, Trout Unlimited posted a clip describing the proper way to de-bone a trout. Perhaps predictably, this was met by a few howls of outrage. “How can the organization that practically invented catch-and-release advocate eating a trout? Shame. Shame!” The fact is, however, that not all wild fish are equal, and whacking one can … Read more

New science promotes trout recovery

By Chris Wood Some define conservation as overseeing loss. Loss of wetlands; loss of open space; loss of water quality; loss of species. Aldo Leopold harkened to this when he wrote in the Sand County Almanac that “One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. … Read more

Keeping up the fight for trout

By Chris Wood I went to see Art Neumann a few months before he passed away. As I left, he punched me on the leg, and asked, “What are you going to do to keep up the fight for trout?” He died later that year after nearly 100 years of life and almost 75 years … Read more

Climate change amplifies stressors, stresses PA’s state symbols

Pennsylvania’s native brook trout already face stessors. Climate change is making those stressor more accute. Photo by Chris Hunt. By Brian Wagner  On March 27, I attended a program titled, “Roundtable on Climate Change: Effects on Fish, Wildlife and Forests,” at Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.   The program was put together by Ed Perry, who is the Pennsylvania outreach coordinator for the … Read more

Sportsmen key to cleaning up abandoned mines

Trout Unlimited began organizing sportsmen and women in a coordinated manner in 2001–largely in response to my observation when I worked at the Forest Service that the voice of hunters and anglers was largely missing from the development of the Roadless Area Conservation Rule—an initiative that protected nearly 60 million acres of some of the … Read more

Trout Unlimited Opposes H.R. 3144 – Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead

April 24, 2018Tomorrow the U.S. House of Representatives will take up a bill, H.R. 3144, which would undercut the prospects for salmon and steelhead recovery in the Columbia River basin in the Pacific Northwest. HR 3144 offers a regressive response to the challenge of keeping the Columbia’s legendary salmon and steelhead runs viable while ensuring … Read more

Remembering Don Garvin

Three great West Virginia conservationists (from left to right): Don Gasper, Don Garvin, and Larry Harris. It was with deep sadness that I learned of Don Garvin’s passing. Don was a true giant of conservation; and a real hero of Trout Unlimited. In addition to being one of the original founders, Don served as a … Read more