Category Archives: Conservation

Our Two Hands Film Tour

The Our Two Hands film tour features a documentary about “the past and future of wild fish in the Pacific Northwest.” The film is produced by Asher Koles and Brandon Tillotson of Bloodnots Creative. Stops on the tour include Boise, …

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Tippets: Step Forward for Pebble Mine, Rivers of Colorado Report Card, Aftermath of Hurricane Irma

After meeting with the CEO of Pebble Limited Partnership, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has “directed his staff to withdraw a plan to protect the watershed of Bristol Bay, Alaska, one of the most valuable wild salmon fisheries on Earth.” Via … more

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“Pebble Mine Trying to Rise from the Grave”

In 2014 protections were put in place to protect the two drainages of Bristol Bay, the Nushagak and Kvichak Rivers, from mine waste. However, the new administration and EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, are working in the courts to undo those … more

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Tippets: Farmed Salmon Escape, Agriculture and Idaho’s Snake River, Restoring Saltwater Flats

In August, a floating net pen full of farmed Atlantic Salmon “failed during a period of relatively normal tidal stress,” writes Jonathan Wright, “with the structure partially capsizing to allow the majority of the 304,000 contained market ready and mature … more

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Video Hatch: “The Memory of Fish”

This short film is a documentary of the life of Dick Goin, a pulp mill worker and angler who helped battle for removal of the two dams on the Elwha River to allow salmon access to a wild river. Via …

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Tippets: Bipartisan Effort on Climate Change, Salmon Return to Upper Elwha, Warming Waters Hurt Salmon Populations

Recently, a bipartisan meeting of the Climate Solutions Caucus was held on Capitol Hill to address “The Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Tourism and Recreational Activities.” Phil Monahan reports on the hearing via Orvis: “Together, sportsmen and –women represent … more

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Video Hatch: “The Way Forward”

This interactive video explores solutions for a sustainable long-term plan to save the Columbia River salmon that provides spiritual sustenance for tribes, food for the table, hundreds of millions in business and ecological benefits.

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Tippets: Removing Small Dams, Fish Virus Spreading in Pacific Northwest, Recovering the Yellowcheek Darter

Large dam removal projects bring focused political resistance, but “conservationists are finding many landowners of small dams are happy to have them removed.” Read more about starting small from Kathleen Masterson via Vermont Public Radio. A highly contagious virus known … more

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Blackburn Design Releases ‘River’ in ‘Water Cycle’ Film Project

Blackburn Design has announced their new film project, Water Cycle. “The goal of this project is to recognize how important water is in our lives,” says Robin Sansom, Blackburn Design’s Director, and “Active stewardship is necessary to preserve water and … more

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Tippets: San Clemente Dam Removal, Salmon Management Questioned, Ethics of Tarpon Tournaments

In 2015, removal of the San Clemente dam became the largest dam removal project in California history. “Removing the dam served a dual purpose: to dislodge a seismic hazard and restore the landscape, allowing endangered steelhead, lamprey and endangered red-legged frogs to … more

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