Wednesday Wake-Up Call: 07.10.24

Welcome to the latest installment of the Wednesday Wake-Up Call, a roundup of the most pressing conservation issues important to anglers. Working with our friends at Trout UnlimitedBackcountry Hunters & Anglers, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation PartnershipThe Everglades FoundationCaptains for Clean WaterVoteWater.orgBonefish & Tarpon Trust, and Conservation Hawks (among others), we’ll make sure you’ve got the information you need to understand the issues and form solid opinions.

1. BLM Decision Will Prevent Proposed Ambler Road in Alaska’s Brooks Range

Late last month, the Bureau of Land Management released its Record of Decision that will prevent the proposed Ambler Industrial Road in Alaska’s Brooks Range.

“Today’s decision is a victory for the local residents, Alaska Native Tribes, and the more than 14,000 conservation-minded hunters and anglers from across the country who championed for the enduring, wild qualities of the Brooks Range,” said Jen Leahy, Alaska senior program manager for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. “We thank the BLM for recognizing the importance of these public lands to hunters and anglers, and for basing this critical decision on the best available science and robust public engagement.”

The ROD follows the agency’s final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, released April 19, in which the BLM selected the “No Action” alternative indicating the agency’s intent to prevent the proposed industrial corridor.

Known as the Ambler Road, the proposed private industrial corridor has received national opposition. The 211-mile corridor would have partially bisected the home range of the Western Arctic Caribou Herd, one of Alaska’s largest herds.

Click here to learn more at trcp.org

2. Utah Cutthroat Slam Funds New Conservation Projects

The Utah Cutthroat Slam requires a registration fee, with 95% of those funds going to cutthroat conservation. The idea is that, by paying money into the system, anglers become active partners in the conservation process, which makes them more engaged and focused on the efforts to restore the four subspecies—Bear River, Bonneville, Yellowstone, and Colorado River—to their original ranges. Earlier this year, three new conservation projects were selected to be funded by the Slam:

  • Fish Creek riparian restoration: This project will continue restoring vegetation along the river in this area, which was burned by the destructive Twitchell Canyon Fire in 2010.
  • Supplemental stocking and sampling of Bonneville cutthroat trout in Red Cedar Creek: Bonneville cutthroat trout have already been stocked in this native range area; however, the DWR typically works to restock cutthroat trout in an area for three to five years, until the species is naturally reproducing on its own.
  • Bear River cutthroat trout mural: As part of an ongoing project with the Utah Wildlife Walls, a Bonneville cutthroat trout mural was painted in Sugar House and a Colorado River cutthroat trout mural was painted in Vernal (each in these subspecies’ native ranges). This project will help partially fund a new Bear River cutthroat trout mural in Logan. These murals have provided important conservation outreach about these native species for many Utahns in their communities.

Click here to read more from UDoWR

3. Why “Conservation is Good Business”

Capt. Will Benson poles across a prop-scarred flat.
Photo by Ian Wilson, via Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust has published a great story about how supporting conservation doesn’t only ensure sustainable fisheries; it is also a good way to engage great clients. Florida Keys guide Capt. Will Benson shares his story of engaging his customers in discussions about conservation increased his own commitment and brought the clients back for more.

Read the Bonefish & Tarpon Journal article here

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