Half the Mississippi River.
Almost as long as the Snake River.
Longer than the St. Lawrence River, the Ohio, the Green, and the White.
Maybe in more relatable terms, it’s farther than a plane flight from LA to Denver.
The 1000 Miles Project is one that is easy to rally behind. Too many fights in the environmental realm seem to succeed in making people angry but fail in channelling emotion into action. This campaign is all about action, with an identifiable target and attainable goals.
The target? Culverts. As stated on the TU Blog: “Culverts–those big pipes that carry entire waterways under roads and trails–are stream-stealing culprits. If they’re old, or poorly designed, they can be barriers to upstream migration of trout and salmon. By simply removing or repairing culverts at stream crossings, we can open significant chunks of habitat for fish … and fishing.”
Together Orvis and TU have targeted streams and waterways around the country where removing or restoring faulty culverts will benefit trout and salmon habitat. (For a list of waters, click on the TU and Orvis links below.)
It’s a simple, beautiful plan that all anglers can endorse, regardless of geographic location or political affiliation.
Should you choose to donate money to Trout Unlimited for this cause, Orvis will match your donation–promising $90,000 in matching funds.
The simple math is: 1,000 more miles of fishable habitat will multiply the number of fishable fish exponentially, and everybody wins.
For more information, and more detail on how culverts affect fish habitat, go to:
Got an email yesterday from Matt Stansberry of the Caddis Fly Blog, talking about how plans to ramp up logging could seriously damage some Oregon streams. Some are household names to fly fishermen, even those of us East Coasters who’ve never fished the Pacific Northwest.
As Matt said, “It’s the Alsea, Umpqua, Siuslaw, Rogue and a whole host of other systems.”
The hell with that. Take a look at Matt’s Post on the Caddis Fly. He explains it far better than I can:
Write the Governor. Taking water away from western fly anglers is taking water away from all of us. So, while you’re at it, sign this petition to stop Skeena policy perversity in B.C. brought to light by Buster Wants To Fish:
Just finally watched this even though it’s been out for a few months. Good stuff.