Monday, July 17, 2017

The Time for Native Trout Conservation is Now!

The summer 2017 issue of Trout magazine from Trout Unlimited, couldn't be more timely.  The entirety of the issue is dedicated to addressing the value and conservation challenges associated with maintaining native trout in a world that is undergoing rapid environmental change.

My own forthcoming book, Wyoming Mountains & Home-waters: Family, Fly Fishing, and Conservation, is based on not only recognizing the need to conserve native trout, but offers two solutions for ensuring that the remaining diversity of native trout found in America are given a fighting chance for survival.

Decades of toil for the conservation, protection, and remediation of coldwater habitats have allowed trout and angling, regardless of tackle, to flourish.  But, as we enter planet Earth's sixth great extinction we must re-calibrate and focus on the need to conserve native trout over the behest of wild trout, which are typically species that have evolved elsewhere in the country (or world), stocked in waters outside their home range, and have flourished, much to the benefit of anglers like myself.
A native Yellowstone cutthroat trout from Wyoming's
Bighorn Mountains

In Wyoming Mountains & Home-waters, I argue that if we are to ensure the survival of our remaining native trout (two species- the Alvord cutthroat trout and yellowfin cutthroat trout- have already been lost to extinction), we must take concrete steps to remove wild trout from some waters in order to make room for natives to return to their home-range.  The second argument I present is, in a world of global environmental impacts that often manifest at the local-level in the waters we love to fish, we must adjust our view of coldwater conservation to embrace the entire ecosystem from waters, to forests, to sagebrush steppe.  The forthcoming book provides personal stories, examples, and concrete details for how we can accomplish these goals and give trout native to some of our favorite waters a chance for survival in a rapidly changing world.

A second native Yellowstone cutthroat trout from
Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains

Interested in my forthcoming book, Wyoming Mountains & Home-waters: Family, Fly Fishing, and Conservation?  You can find information here, want updates and news on it and other books coming from Sage Creek Press?  You can signup for our newsletter on the website.

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