Restoring the brook trout of southern Appalachia.
The Tennessee Aquarium and Appalachian Chapter of Trout Unlimited have been hard at work restoring genetically distinct southern brook trout to streams of eastern Tennessee- their latest efforts added nearly 300 fish to Little Stony Creek in the Cherokee National Forest. Read more about the restoration effort here.
The Plight of Atlantic Salmon.
For the second year in a row, the number of adult Atlantic salmon returning home to spawn has fell below expectations. There are bright spots- streams in Quebec and Labrador seem to be doing alright, but the overall outlook is gloomy for recovery of these species. Want to learn more?
Quick clip on Yellowstone cutthroat restoration.
Check out the work Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is doing in league with state, federal, and private landowners to protect Yellowstone cutthroat trout in the inter-mountain west.
It’s been fifty years since Congress’ great idea: federally designating the nation’s most exceptional and historic rivers and streams for the sake of posterity.
This one was among the first- the surrounding land bought up after farms and sawmills failed during the Depression, with massive public works projects to reforest the landscape and build roads, bridges, lakes, and picnic areas.
It’s dramatic, the difference between the privately-held top and bottom portions of the river and the publicly-owned middle section. There aren’t cows wading and shitting in that middle section. County highway departments aren’t shoveling gravel out at bridge crossings to rock small roads. All-terrain vehicles aren’t tearing up banks and gravel bars. Paranoid locals cry foul about Big Government and how resources are better managed at the local level…but for all the faults of the Feds, the difference between public and private is stark on a ten mile float.