Mining threats mount for Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Georgia has ordered draft permits for a dragline mining operation on the cusp of the famed blackwater swamp
Blackwater, cypress, and lily pads in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (photo: TimothyJ).

An Alabama mining company that wants to use a dragline system to extract titanium, staurolite and zircon from beneath Trail Ridge, a geologic feature that helps contain the iconic blackwater swamp of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, received draft permits on Feb. 9 to do just that.

Spring Creek

A cast away in Montana
Photo: Tim Schulz

I’ve always preferred games that mix luck with skill in a way that gives both nearly the same importance. Because of this, I love to play cribbage, but I barely know the rules of chess. Cribbage—like fishing—is a game of chance, but much like the guy who taught us to pasteurize our milk advised us, chance tends to favor the prepared mind. If we are skilled at cribbage, we’ll beat a lesser player more times than not, but we won’t win if we consistently get cards that smell like the inside of a guide’s waders in October.

Scientific anglers debuts all-new Magnitude clear fly lines

With new technologies, SA is aiming to make clear line tradeoffs a thing of the past
Photo: Scientific Anglers.

Clear fly lines have been a subject of debate for about as long as they’ve been around. Some anglers swear by their stealthiness, claiming they provide a serious advantage when pursuing wary flats species like bonefish, permit, and tarpon. Others claim they are overkill or otherwise unnecessary. One thing that most anglers have long agreed on when it comes to clear fly lines is that they come with some significant tradeoffs.

Lead bullets poison wildlife and people

Lead poisoning destroys brain tissue, diminishing motor and cognitive function
Photos of standard copper jacketed lead core bullets and solid monolithic copper bullets before and after firing. All fragments recovered were lead (photo: North American Non-Lead Partnership).

“Until they reach the gizzard where the wildfowl grinds his food, these [lead] pellets do no harm, but, when reduced to powder…they become a violent poison.” That timely warning issued from Forest and Stream editor George Bird Grinnell 129 years ago.

28 million acres of Alaska public lands at risk of losing protections

Some of Alaska's wildest and most remote lands are at risk of being opened to fossil fuel and other extractive development
Photo: Fredrik Norsell.

In Alaska, 28 million acres encompassing some of the state’s wildest and most remote swaths of public lands are at risk of losing protections which have kept them safe from extractive development for over half a century.