New and Ongoing Stewardship on the Metolius River
Education and restoration overlap in Darek Staab’s projects along a spring-fed watershed in Central Oregon In the heart of central Oregon lies the Metolius River, a key tributary of the Deschutes River and one of the largest spring-fed rivers in the United States. The Metolius flows for 29 miles through the Deschutes National Forest and…
Three things the Rubies taught me
The TU community has spent countless hours fishing the Ruby marshes and has dedicated years to protecting the region from oil and gas development via the Ruby Mountains Protection Act.
“Do you need a reminder on how to cast?” Trout Unlimited’s Nevada Field Coordinator, Pam Harrington, asked Zoe and I as she handed us each a fly rod. With smiles to match the cloudless October sky above the vast valley we fished in, we exclaimed “Yes!” The weaving marshes of Nevada’s Ruby Lake National Wildlife…
On protecting prime fishing spots, a balancing act
The Catch 22 of conservation: Can we love sensitive places to death? On a cloudy June day, a buddy and I found ourselves on a remote wildlife refuge in southwest Montana. This year, Montana has seen plenty of spring rain, and it had been raining hard before the trip. (Though, as the saying goes, we…
Learn from the best at School of Trout
There’s a great deal to be said for doing one thing and doing it with excellence. My friend Todd Tanner and the folks at School of Trout do that with fly fishing. Boy howdy, do they ever. They bring together the planet's finest and most iconic fly fishers to share their experiences, their knowledge, their…
Salmon and Trout in the Classroom: uncertainty and innovation during the pandemic
Could S/TIC be a valuable virtual learning tool during the COVID-19 pandemic? Let’s face it: this school year is going to be a huge challenge as teachers, parents, and students prepare for a brave, new semester of strange, new virtual participation. A number of states have announced plans to re-open in-person classes while others are looking at hybrid or all-virtual instruction. As this is…
TU Green Team works to restore Rogue watershed in Mich.
By Jamie Vaughan While the COVID-19 pandemic has halted many programs this summer, Trout Unlimited staff in Michigan are pleased to continue the Green Team program for its sixth year, employing high school students from across the Rogue River watershed to learn about and take part in watershed restoration projects. The Trout Unlimited Green Team was established in 2015 and grew out of…
Take a virtual field trip with Trout Unlimited
"Our field trips were mainly designed for our local students, with a mix of locations and lessons for students between 2nd and 5th grade. In this challenging time, we know all of us can appreciate some beautiful scenery around our Central Oregon streams and rivers, and the soothing sights and sounds that come from experiences in nature."
When COVID-19 shut down schools educators found other ways to help students experience the river About a decade ago Trout Unlimited launched a youth educational program in the Deschutes Basin of Oregon to build awareness of the importance of water and the health of rivers. The focus has been on key tributaries and sections of…