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Will no one fight for Snake River steelhead and salmon?

With GOP stalwarts opposing dam removal and Democrats flaccidly uncomitted, who will fight for our imperiled fish?
Columbia Riverkeeper member Heidi Cody joins activists calling for dam removal during a vigil for salmon in Vancouver, Wash., on November 20, 2021 (photo: Alex Milan Tracy)

Over the last two decades, the federal government has invested about $17 billion of your money into the effort to save salmon and steelhead in the Snake River basin. It might be one of the most expensive government boondoggles in our nation’s 246-year history.

Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard gives away the company

100% ownership of Patagonia, valued at $3 billion, was transferred to two environmental non-profits
Photo: Campbell Brewer

What do you do when you’re a billionaire philanthropist in possession of one of the most reputable and valuable outdoor brands on the planet and it’s time to step down? You want to see your company’s good work not just continue, but channel everything the company does—and earns—into making the world a better place. You could sell the company for billions, and dedicate all the profits to philanthropic goals. But you’re a maverick in the corporate world, and you don’t trust the market or potential new owners to preserve your values or maintain employment and working conditions?

Scott introduces new Wave fly rod series

Scott's new fast-action rods are aimed at anglers chasing everything from big trout to giant trevally
Angler Tara Lynch McCreedy releases a permit landed with the new Scott Wave fly rod (photo: Chris McCreedy).

Venerated rod maker Scott recently announced its latest rod series, named the Scott Wave. The new series, according to the Colorado-based rod maker, is "equally at home slam fishing the flats, casting fast sinking lines for stripers, or chasing carp and bass at the local park." With a mid-range price point, the Wave offers anglers a high-performance alternative well-loved Scott flagship rod series like the Centric and Sector.

New study predicts dire future for Montana trout anglers

The state could lose 35 percent of its trout habitat in less than 60 years
Photo: J. Rossi.

There’s good news and bad news for anglers and residents of Montana. The good news? According to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey published Sept. 7 in the journal Science Advances, as drought and climate change take a toll on the Treasure State’s fabled trout waters, anglers are responding by changing their fishing habits and spreading the fishing pressure around to waters that are more resilient. The bad news?

Biologists call for 'rewilding' of the West, recommend cancelling 29 percent of grazing leases

Scientists cite cattle grazing as greatest "common threat" to habitat and species diversity in the American West
Livestock grazing on U.S. public lands (photo: Greg Shine / BLM).

A new article authored by a host of university-based biologists and environmental interests takes direct aim at public lands livestock grazing in the West, and claims it represents the “most common threat” to iconic American landscapes during a time of converging environmental crises.

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