Action Alert: The Time to Save Bristol Bay is Here!

“Finally, the break we’ve been looking for is here!”— Perk Perkins, CEO, The Orvis Company

We’ve just learned the EPA plans to assess the Bristol Bay watershed to understand how future large-scale development may affect water quality and Bristol Bay’s salmon fishery. This is a pivotal step toward protecting this pristine region from the proposed Pebble Mine. Frankly, it’s a step that may not have happened if not for partners like TU and The Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska, and sportsmen and women such as yourselves working non-stop to help protect the area.

Part of the EPA’s process is to get public input. We encourage you to send your input today to let the EPA know the value you place on the wild resources of this magnificent region.

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The First Megaload Runs into Trouble

We’ve been following the battle to keep “megaloads” of oil-refinery equipment off scenic highways in Idaho and Montana (see previous stories here and here) for a couple months now. As this news report from Idaho makes clear, the very first attempt to move one of the giant drums. . .

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Striper Slaughter at Sea

This week, the Charlotte edition of published a hard-hitting story by Jeffrey Weeks on the slaughter of striped bass by commercial trawlers off the coast of North Carolina. The video above, posted on Sunday, purports to show the results of commercial fishermen culling. . .

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Action Alert: Protecting Michigan’s Mason Tract

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Marvin Roberson of the conservation organization Anglers of the Au Sable
surveys the Au Sable River.

photo courtesy the Sierra Club

Marvin Roberson of the conservation organization Anglers of the Au Sable has sent out this action alert—which requires you to act TODAY—about the Mason Tract on the Au Sable River:

Mason Tract Protection-One Last Push!

We have a unique opportunity to give the Mason Tract the protection it deserves, but we need to act now. The Michigan DNR is in the final phases of designating “Biodiversity Stewardship Areas” (BSAs). These BSAs are what will form the “Michigan Living Legacies” program. These BSAs will be designated. . . 

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Preserving Ugashik Narrows Update

The purpose of The Conservation Fund’s Ugashik Narrows Project is to permanently protect scenic, the fish-rich Ugashik Lake and Narrows within the Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge by acquiring a 31-acre strategic private tract at Ugashik Narrows. Ugashik Narrows connects two large lakes—Upper and Lower Ugashik.

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Living Simply and Saving Sea Turtles

Keller-Mass Exodus

Olive Ridley sea turtles, raised in a nursery at Nicaragua’s Los Cardones Lodge, 
head for the ocean where they can live for as long as 80 years.

photo by Meg & Patrick Keller

My wife, Meg, and I decided to take a break from the Vermont cold and head south for Christmas. The plan was to meet my brother, his girlfriend and our soon-to-be friend Bill off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua for some fishing and diving. Our good friend Brett mentioned that we should make an effort to spend a few days on the Pacific side, as well, at an eco-surf lodge called. . .

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Protect Nature: Take a Kid Fishing

All sportsmen and women understand their obligation to conservation—without the resource, we have nothing. Many great organizations operate around the globe working hard to serve the species, habitats and ecosystems that need our immediate attention. To do our part, we find a compelling effort, and if possible, give them our time, money, sweat, endorsement, or whatever we can afford. Flip through the Orvis catalog or browse the website and you’ll find a handful of environmental projects well worth backing.

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Big Oil Wins First “Big Haul” Battle

The attorney appointed by the Idaho Transportation Department to hear arguments against allowing “mega-load shipments” of oversize refinery equipment over highways through some scenic valleys along the Clearwater and Lochsa rivers has recommended that permits for four such shipments be issued to ConocoPhillips. Attorney Merlyn Clark said that he believes the loads can be transported safely and with “minimum inconvenience to the general public.” Opponents had argued. . .

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American Rivers Action Alert!

Our friends at American Rivers have sent out an urgent call to action, asking that conservation-minded voters call their Senators to tell them to vote YES on the America’s Great Outdoors Act. The act “would designate wilderness areas in three different states and add thousands of miles to the national trail system.”

Click “Read More” to see the entire alert and learn how you can help.

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Proving the Value of Marine Reserves

Here’s a great video about how a no-take marine reserve in Glover’s Reef Atoll, off the coast of Belize, offers evidence that such sanctuaries can help keep the surrounding reef and waters healthier.

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