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blog BY chris_wood ON July 3 - 0 COMMENTS
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By Chris Wood “I was the first person Charles Gauvin hired at Trout Unlimited when he became CEO in 1992. He wanted to hire Steve Moyer, but Steve and Michelle just had their first child, and Steve thought the organization’s finances were too unstable. At the time Trout Unlimited had a budget of $2 [ READ MORE... ]
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A father and his daughter work to plant willows along the Esther Simplot Park in Boise, Idaho. David Garman photo.   By Kira Finkler Some say families that get dirty together stay together. If that is indeed the case my family will be a tight-knit bunch for a long time.   On a recent cool and [ READ MORE... ]
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By Chris Wood Jake Marshall, whose Dad helped to organize TroutFest, a huge TU event in Texas that raises a lot of money for youth education through the Tomorrow Fund, said he was there “to help conserve our waters.” Laurel Smith, a graduate of the amazing Georgia Trout Camp, said she was there “to [ READ MORE... ]
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Eighteen years ago, on June 9, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed a proclamation that designated 52,947 acres of federal land as the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon. Known for its incredible biodiversity, Cascade-Siskiyou is home to blacktail deer, Roosevelt elk, cougars, and [ READ MORE... ]
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Last week, Trout Unlimited posted a clip describing the proper way to de-bone a trout. Perhaps predictably, this was met by a few howls of outrage. “How can the organization that practically invented catch-and-release advocate eating a trout? Shame. Shame!” The fact is, however, that not all wild [ READ MORE... ]
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By Chris Wood Some define conservation as overseeing loss. Loss of wetlands; loss of open space; loss of water quality; loss of species. Aldo Leopold harkened to this when he wrote in the Sand County Almanac that “One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of [ READ MORE... ]
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By Chris Wood I went to see Art Neumann a few months before he passed away. As I left, he punched me on the leg, and asked, “What are you going to do to keep up the fight for trout?” He died later that year after nearly 100 years of life and almost 75 years of advocacy on behalf of trout and salmon [ READ MORE... ]
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Volunteers from the Jackson Hole chapter of Trout Unlimited gathered to help plant willows along a restored section of Unnamed Creek on the Upper Gros Ventre River Ranch Tributary Restoration Project. Trout Unlimited photo.   By Leslie Steen   Once the good part of the pavement stops it still takes [ READ MORE... ]
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Trout Unlimited began organizing sportsmen and women in a coordinated manner in 2001–largely in response to my observation when I worked at the Forest Service that the voice of hunters and anglers was largely missing from the development of the Roadless Area Conservation Rule—an initiative that [ READ MORE... ]
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Craig Harker and Matt Woodard on the Henrys Fork By Chris Wood Craig Harker and Matt Woodard, two native sons of eastern Idaho, sat in the front. The road hummed as we sped toward Ashton to get me a fishing license before we hit the Henry's Fork.  “I remember it like yesterday," Craig said. "After [ READ MORE... ]
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