Category Archives: Conservation

A New Era: Cutthroats Spawn at Pyramid Lake

In a testament to restoration efforts at Pyramid Lake, Lahontan cutthroat trout have spawned up the Truckee River for the first time in 76 years. “It’s important in terms of showing this population still retains its intent to reproduce naturally,” … more

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Bonefish and Tarpon Trust Launches Genetics Programs

The newly announced Bonefish Genetics and Tarpon Genetics Programs of The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust will use angler-collected tissue samples for genetic analysis and to further understand migratory and life history. Read more in the press release below.

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Rebuild of Washington State Hatchery Challenged

The Wild Fish Conservancy has appealed a permit issued to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife that would allow over $3 million of work to be done at a hatchery on Tokul Creek, which is important habitat for wild … more

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A Treasure, Trashed

On a recent trip to South Padre Island, Chris Hunt finds a favorite destination trashed: “Every vista a visitor might try to enjoy is spoiled by refuse. Every camera frame is tarnished by rubbish.” Read Hunt’s piece on why cleaning … more

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California Pot Farms “Draining Streams Dry”

While California is suffering a historic drought, some of its northern coastal rivers and streams are being further burdened by marijuana being grown under the state’s medical pot law. “Whether it’s grown quasi legally under the state’s medical marijuana laws, … more

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Trout Unlimited Welcomes Clean Air Rules

Trout Unlimited is applauding new rules to the Clean Air Act, proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, which would help to reduce carbon pollution contributing to climate change. Read more in the press release below.

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Cutthroat Trout and Climate Change

New research published recently in Nature Climate Change suggests a warming climate is impacting native Westslope cutthroat trout in more ways than just range.  It’s allowing increased hybridization with rainbow trout as well. “Hybridization breaks down, or jumbles up, these … more

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Buck Ryan Named First Snake River Waterkeeper

“Buck” Ryan has been appointed as the Snake River Waterkeeper and will work to protect and preserve the Snake River Basin and surrounding waterways. It’s a huge job, explains Marc Yaggi, Executive Director, Waterkeeper Alliance: “Waterkeepers defend their communities against … more

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Below the Surface

The KEEN-sponsored Below the Surface project aims to educate people about the importance of rivers for both ecosystem and human health. A recent article on Gear Junkie highlights online and expedition-based initiatives of the project, and also presents some facts even … more

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Angling Community at Odds on Puget Steelhead

Angling communities are expressing vastly different reactions to the recent settlement that stopped Washington’s plans to release about 900,000 steelhead smolts in Puget Sound-area rivers. Frank Urabeck, a sport fishing advocate from Bonney Lake, expressed frustration, “because the department didn’t … more

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