Conservation

Behind the Cover: The fire issue of TROUT Magazine

Behind the Cover: The fire issue of TROUT Magazine

Wildfire and its impact on our rivers and the places we all call our home waters is a heavy topic. One that doesn’t often need any further description

Like most issues of TROUT Magazine this one started with a subtle theme. Fire and what that might mean for us as anglers and conservationists. It’s pretty easy to get caught up in the flashy, and often devastating, images of landscapes swallowed up by this natural and human caused phenomenon.

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Fishpond stands with TU on Lower Snake proposal

Fishpond stands with TU on Lower Snake proposal

We have an unparalleled opportunity here. If the dams were removed, about 46 percent of the historic spawning and rearing habitat for spring and summer Chinook Salmon and summer steelhead is still accessible. Mile-for-mile, the Snake River basin contains the coldest, most undisturbed stream habitats in the Lower 48. If we are going to make major investments in wild fish recovery in the Columbia Basin, the Snake is the place to put our money.

StreamTech Boats stands with TU on Lower Snake proposal

StreamTech Boats stands with TU on Lower Snake proposal

“I think we have a responsibility to wild fish and to wild rivers,” Link said. “In the 1800’s, the Snake River produced runs of two million fish – over half of the spring/summer Chinook salmon and summer steelhead came from this one basin. Even today, if you look at the entire Columbia River Basin, the Snake River has by far the greatest potential for recovering wild salmon and steelhead in the entire watershed.”

Snake River salmon and steelhead remain on the brink

Snake River salmon and steelhead remain on the brink

We’ve had 30 years to get these species recovered. More than $17 billion has been spent mitigating the impacts of the lower Snake River hydro system in numerous forms. From habitat improvement, modification of the dams themselves, increased flows to widespread predator management and intense scientific study, the river’s salmon and steelhead are still on the Endangered Species List with no delisting in sight

Race up Rock Creek

Race up Rock Creek

Last year it was Larry who wowed the crowd with his 140 mile swim. This year, Trash Can Jr. is in the lead, migrating nearly 50 miles to date. But the real question is what the heck is going on with Wesley Cooper Saywell Farty Pants? It’s the 4th and final year for...

Love fish? Plant a tree

Love fish? Plant a tree

“Today, given the pace and impacts of climate change, there is a true sense of urgency to plant trees as an effective way to sequester carbon, the process by which atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) is taken up by trees and other plants through photosynthesis and stored as carbon in biomass and soil. This will be a productive component of our national strategy to reduce carbon emissions.”

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