Tag: Conservation

  • Last best streams- #1731.

    Last best streams- #1731.

    The note pegged to the kiosk was too small for the whole story.  Every every summer, every year, thousands of underpaid graduate students fan out across the country collecting data for their projects.  If their work isn’t the backbone of modern conservation, it’s certainly one of the most important data streams available.  Like most essential…

  • Volunteers needed to remove invasive plants along the Highlands Greenway — Plateau Daily News

    Volunteers needed to remove invasive plants along the Highlands Greenway — Plateau Daily News

    Highlands Plateau Greenway needs volunteers to help remove non-native invasive plants on Saturday, Feb. 18. Volunteers will meet at the back parking lot of the Highlands Rec Park at 9 a.m.  In partnership with the Coalition for Non-native Invasive Plant Management (CNIPM), volunteers will be removing Privet and Oriental Bittersweet from the Rec Park. Please […]…

  • Are we doing enough to protect Montana grayling?

    Are we doing enough to protect Montana grayling?

    Grayling are objectively one of the coolest fish out there, with that sail-like dorsal fin sporting blues and purples. They’re also uncommon in the Lower 48, historically only found in northern Michigan and the Missouri River headwaters in Montana. They’ve been extirpated in Michigan, though reintroduction efforts are underway. They still hang on in parts…

  • Last Best Streams: # 127.

    Last Best Streams: # 127.

    No rush.  There’s an understated satisfaction in taking the morning to get gear squared away and double-checked.  With a new car, with functioning air conditioning, there’s no need to get an early start, or drive through the night. That said I still drove with the window down, on the two-lane highways, putzing along behind hay…

  • This year, get involved in a good cause.

    This year, get involved in a good cause.

    It’s the beginning of a new year, and I’ve been roped into tying a box of smallmouth bugs for a local conservation nonprofit’s silent auction. Wednesday, the local Trout Unlimited chapter wanted insight on where they could plan a tree planting, or some sort of stream habitat work, to benefit coldwater streams in the state.…

  • One bite at a time.

    Man, is it tough taking decent photos while chainsawing, between the bar oil and sweat and grime, tucking the phone deep inside my Kevlar jacket so it isn’t dropped somewhere in the woods, pulled out into chilly, damp air to record progress. I apologize in advance. Back last fall, a tornado took out a big…

  • What are you doing differently in 2023?

    What are you doing differently in 2023?

    The confetti’s cleaned up, the hangover worn off. Another year will slip by before you know it, so what are you doing differently in 2023? Where will you go? What will you catch? What will you try, that you haven’t tied before?

  • Do anglers amount to a conservation challenge?

    Do anglers amount to a conservation challenge?

    It’s a provocative thought, penned by Trout Unlimited’s Kirk Deeter in a recent article over at tu.org. Angling pressure was voted the #2 conservation concern of respondents to a poll run by Angling Trade magazine. Deeter’s solution tears at the numbers game- shift techniques, hone different skill sets. From the perspective of conservation, and for…

  • Looking backward. Looking forward.

    Looking backward. Looking forward.

    Another trip around the sun, another solstice tradition- a big meal, a nice bottle of wine, some time around the fire, welcoming the sun’s return on the shortest day of the year. A little bit pagan, sure- but based off something I can see. Something I can make sense of. Something I can get my…

  • The value of wilderness.

    The value of wilderness.

    When we think of western wilderness, we think big. Big landscapes, big game, mountains and buttes and brawling rivers, broad meadows with elk and moose and bear. We think less often of smaller things, of native fish like Yellowstone cutthroat trout. Each subspecies of cutthroat trout is typically restricted to a few major watersheds, each…