Learn about the Upper Deschutes watershed of Oregon virtually

Students have connected to our restoration projects and helped us improve sections of 5 watersheds and 50 river miles for our fish and wildlife. Our goal has been to inspire students to study their local river, appreciate the unique habitat, and empower our youth and families to care for each river now and into the future.

COVID-19 closures helped clear the air but crowded fishing parking lots

“The pleasant urban travel experience and clear blue skies I encountered lead me to wonder how much air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions were changing during the quarantine. Drawing from my own expertise as an environmental consultant, I did a little research to figure out how the quarantine was changing things.”

Faces of Restoration: Capitan Forestry in Oregon

TU works with some extremely talented characters while developing and completing projects in the field that help make fishing better. We are excited to bring you a series highlighting these Contractors. We hire equipment operators, truck drivers, laborers, material suppliers, engineers, technicians, and water testing labs. They are unique, talented, humble and some are downright wild, but TU’s Contractors are a … Read more

Hiking the CDT: Long hikes in the rain and tent trouble

That day, it only rained for about six hours after lunch. Aiden, my oldest sister, Ethan, my cousin who is walking with us for six weeks, and I listened to some stand-up comedy to pass the time. When we got into camp, after 18 miles, it was still raining. We spent about five minutes looking for some sheltered areas to set up our tent. Once we found three spots we all started setting up our tents as fast as we could.

Innovative solutions solve low water issue on popular Western fishery

“The Provo River stakeholders mimicked a model of collaboration seen often but not enough in other parts of the West. We found a win-win scenario that worked within the existing system. We’ve worked with a water supplier whose primary goal is to use all their water allocation in the best use possible and a corporation striving to make rivers and streams around where they use water and do business healthier. That’s a formidable partnership moving forward to keep people, businesses, and our fish happy.”

Senior art project focuses on Snake River cutthroat trout

“It is crucial that as a community and a nation we take care of the land and river that acts as an oasis for this prize fish because if we don’t, we are at risk of losing one of the most beautiful and complex ecosystems. While many rivers have seen a loss in native cutthroat, the Snake watershed has managed to remain as a native cutthroat dominated river, and that is something worth protecting.”