A Tribute to Gary Fredricks (and the many public servants like him)

By Rob Masonis In the world of salmon conservation, criticizing government agencies can be a popular sport.  By nature they are easy targets: faceless, powerful, bureaucratic and slow to evolve even in the face of glaring need to do so.    But often overlooked and underappreciated are the many well-intentioned, dedicated individuals working within those agencies.  Public servants like Gary Fredricks, a fish biologist who worked in the National Marine Fisheries Service for more than 30 years to improve fish passage systems at federal dams on the … Read more

Progress on the Lower Snake needs collaboration

Last week  TU held a webinar on our recently published report, “Why we need a free-flowing lower Snake River,” which lays out the overwhelming evidence of why we need to remove the four lower Snake River dams to rebuild abundant, healthy wild salmon and steelhead populations and provide consistent fishing opportunity.    In response, we heard from some folks that they are concerned … Read more

Cultivating Community in the Time of COVID-19

In what feels like a lifetime ago, I was a disaster relief volunteer.  I was always astonished with how grief stricken and tumultuous conditions could unite people in supporting one another with, oftentimes, simple acts of kindness.  As we are all experiencing this pandemic differently, I have found great comfort in how people are uniting … Read more

We are TU: Meet Cory Golden

Cory is the 2020 president of the Adams Chapter in Michigan. His nomination described him as, “young, energetic, and passionate about cold water conservation” and described his work toward youth enrichment and setting up a women’s committee to encourage more women to be out on the water. It was a pleasure learning more about Cory and we can’t wait to see what the Adams Chapter accomplishes.

Meetings on Lower Snake Dams available via teleconference

If you are interested in weighing in on the recently released draft environmental impact statement regarding the Lower Snake and Columbia River dams, you can do so via telephone: –Days: March 18, 19, 25, 26, 31–Times: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT–Toll-free: 844-721-7241–International: 409-207-6955–Access Code: 5998146# You may also provide comments online by April 13. … Read more