Intelligent tinkering

By Chris Wood It gives me great pride to live in a country that says it is our policy as a nation to “halt and reverse the trend toward species extinction, whatever the cost.” The Endangered Species Act is a patently American idea. Its presence demonstrates that we are not a desperate nation, hungrily grubbing … Read more

Yes for salmon

By Chris Wood Some bad ideas rise above others: New Coke, Diet Water, the Red Sox trading Babe Ruth to the Yankees. One of the worst ideas of all time? The proposal to build a mine in the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska. Scientists during the during the Obama Administration said the mine was too … Read more

Reflections on another western fire season

By Tom Jones Those of us who live in the west have spent yet another frightening summer navigating our fire season, which has become longer and more intense over the years with climate change. On June 1, a fire started north of my home in Durango, Colo.. As the 416 Fire began to move toward us, my … Read more

Of fish and kids

By Chris Wood My friend, Blaine, who works for The Conservation Fund, was telling me about the project tour he and his son, Witt, took to Mossy Creek in Virginia on property managed by the great TU Business leader, Mossy Creek Outfitters. Keith Curley, who directs our eastern conservation work, led the tour of work … Read more

‘I am just a typical TU volunteer’

By Chris Wood Roberta and Curtis Cole are members of the board of the Shasta-Trinity-Cascades Chapter. Like dozens of others, they volunteered at the Trout Unlimited annual meeting in Redding this past weekend. The Coles are like many other members of their chapter—excep t, their house burned to the ground in the Carr Fire. Their … Read more

Roadless redux? Really?

Photo by John Schoen By Chris Wood The state of Alaska’s recent proposal to re-open the roadless debate brought back memories. Mike was flossing his teeth when I entered his office. “I’m sorry. I’m running late for the dentist.” It was 1998, and Mike Dombeck, the chief of the U.S. Forest Service, had proposed a … Read more

LWCF: House Natural Resources Committee Advances Bill to Save LWCF

September 13, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Corey Fisher cfisher@tu.org / (406) 546-2979 House Natural Resources Committee Advances Bill to Save LWCFLand and Water Conservation Fund expires September 30 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources approved a compromise that would permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), ensure equity … Read more

Two days, one fly

By Chris Wood Walt shook his head. “It’s up to you man, but I wouldn’t use a streamer. There’s a ton of wood and other snags in the river through the park. But it’s your call.” At the put-in, another guide commented, “I had two really good streamer fishermen hit the same stretch yesterday, and … Read more

Bringing back the Big Wood

Eroding banks along the Bridge to Bridge project area By Chris Wood The sign behind the two-person Trout Unlimited office in Hailey, Idaho, reads, “Parking for Trout Unlimited only. If towed, call Dick York Towing.” It is an inside-Hailey joke as Keri York’s Dad ran Dick York Towing—the only towing business in the Big Wood … Read more