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Fishing and other outdoor recreation on public lands is an important part of the economy. Photo: Lew Carpenter

Our Public Lands — The Gift that Keeps on Giving and Giving and…

7/30/2013 // By Judith Kohler

Yet one more report underscores how important conserving our nation’s public lands is to the country’s economy. The newest report is from our country’s largest landlord, the Interior Department. It outlines Interior’s economic contributions for fiscal 2012 — $371 billion to …

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Wildlife Friendly Solutions to Flooding and Other Water Challenges

6/21/2013 // By George Sorvalis

Imagine your house regularly floods when the local river leaves its banks after a heavy rain.  Now imagine that your Congressman announces a plan to build a levee along the river to protect you and your neighbors, and even better, …

Warmer water and erosion from wildfires are threatening fisheries in the Rockies. Photo by Lew Carpenter

The Wests’ New Norm: A Nearly Neverending Wildfire Season

6/14/2013 // By Judith Kohler

This Rocky  Mountain summer is shaping up to be a lot like last summer — hot, dry, fiery. And it’s not even officially summer yet. A wildfire driven by drought, wind and record-breaking heat has killed two people, destroyed an estimated 360 …

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Habitat Restoration in the Gulf Can Drive Economic Recovery

5/22/2013 // By Ben Weber

After years of habitat loss and abuse, the story of the Mississippi River Delta is starting to look a bit different. Following the 2010 Gulf oil spill, a monumental piece of legislation called the RESTORE Act is providing a rare …

How the Fiscal Cliff Will Hurt Hunting and Fishing

12/5/2012 // By Adeline Rolnick

This post is part of our series on the impacts of “sequestration”—a series of automatic budget cuts that will kick in starting in January unless Congress acts. These cuts will have a huge and devastating impact on conservation programs that …

Thank You, Clean Water Act, for Our Fishable Waters!

10/19/2012 // By Jan Goldman-Carter

Forty years ago, Ohio’s Cuyahoga River was in flames and Lake Erie was a biological wasteland. Many of the nation’s rivers were little more than open sewers.  On October 18, 1972, a bi-partisan Congress, voting the will of the people, …

The Clean Water Act: Up Close and Personal

10/18/2012 // By Jeff Skelding

There’s an adage about the sport of fishing that suggests a person can pursue this national pastime for an entire lifetime and never come to the realization that catching fish has very little to do with what they actually seek. I …

Fishing the Nottoway: A Clean Water Blessing

10/18/2012 // By Guest Author

This is a guest post by Jeff Turner, Blackwater/Nottoway Riverkeeper My Dad and I were fishing the Nottoway River in Virginia a few years ago, a river I grew up on and now protect as a Riverkeeper. We had fished all …

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is pushing for a new approach to restoring salmon to Northwestern rivers and streams. Photo by U.S. FWS.

A New Path Forward for Salmon in the Columbia River Basin

10/2/2012 // By Dan Siemann

The wild salmon and steelhead of the Columbia and Snake Rivers are truly one-of-a-kind. Many of these fish travel farther inland and higher in elevation than any salmon in the world, returning to some of the best-protected salmon habitat on …

Hunters and Anglers Favor Restoring Clean Water Act Protections for Wetlands and Streams

10/2/2012 // By Guest Author

This is a guest post by G. Richard Mode from the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. Just last week a national poll of hunters and anglers reaffirmed what we all know: regardless of their political affiliation, hunters and anglers strongly favor restoring Clean …

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