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October 9, 2012

Colorado State Fish Swims in Only One Stream

Can you tell whether this is a greenback? Photo courtesy of ‘TRCP’s Native Trout Adventures.’

The greenback cutthroat trout, Colorado’s state fish, can be found only in a 4-mile span of Bear Creek, located southwest of Colorado Springs.

A recent study conducted by the University of Colorado delved into the genetics of the greenback cutthroat trout and found that many were mistaking the Colorado River cutthroat, Rio Grande cutthroat and others for the greenback.

The U.S. Forest Service is currently exploring options to conserve the greenback and creek upon which the fish depends. Meanwhile, TRCP partner Trout Unlimited is working to address trail impacts the Bear Creek area.

For any anglers out there thinking they caught a greenback only to learn later that they were mistaken, the TRCP feels your pain. Last summer, we shot an episode of “TRCP’s Native Trout Adventures” in which we mistakenly thought we were fishing for – and catching – greenback cutthroat trout in Pike National Forest near South Park, Colo.

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Colorado State Fish Swims in Only One Stream

Can you tell whether this is a greenback? Photo courtesy of ‘TRCP’s Native Trout Adventures.’

The greenback cutthroat trout, Colorado’s state fish, can be found only in a 4-mile span of Bear Creek, located southwest of Colorado Springs.

A recent study conducted by the University of Colorado delved into the genetics of the greenback cutthroat trout and found that many were mistaking the Colorado River cutthroat, Rio Grande cutthroat and others for the greenback.

The U.S. Forest Service is currently exploring options to conserve the greenback and creek upon which the fish depends. Meanwhile, TRCP partner Trout Unlimited is working to address trail impacts the Bear Creek area.

For any anglers out there thinking they caught a greenback only to learn later that they were mistaken, the TRCP feels your pain. Last summer, we shot an episode of “TRCP’s Native Trout Adventures” in which we mistakenly thought we were fishing for – and catching – greenback cutthroat trout in Pike National Forest near South Park, Colo.

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October 4, 2012

Roosevelt Wins!

After more than six years and 500 losses, the Theodore Roosevelt mascot finally won the Presidential Race at the Nationals’ baseball stadium in Washington, D.C., yesterday.

The Roosevelt mascot has lost every Presidential Race since 2006 when D.C.’s baseball team, the Nationals, began holding races among 10-foot-tall foam renderings of Theodore Roosevelt, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln at home games. Yesterday was T.R.’s time to shine. Check out the video below.

While in the political arena, T.R. succeeded in making conservation a top tier national issue. At a time of partisan gridlock in Washington, the TRCP continues working to keep Roosevelt’s legacy alive by fighting to conserve fish and wildlife and their habitats.

Show your support of our 26th president today by donating $5, $10, $25 or whatever you can afford to the TRCP!

Whit Fosburgh

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September 28, 2012

Celebrating Conservation’s Brightest and Best

Few places are as beautiful as The High Lonesome Ranch in early fall. Located in western Colorado, the ranch was the perfect setting for the TRCP’s annual Western Media Summit, which took place last month. The event unites the nation’s best and most influential outdoor journalists to talk about pressing conservation issues with TRCP staff, partners, policy experts and sponsors.

Beginning in 2003 as an informal meeting of outdoor journalists, the TRCP media summits have evolved into flagship events for our group. Every year, a diverse and growing cadre of journalists comes together in places like the Rocky Mountains or the Florida coast to fish, hunt and discuss conservation policy that affects sportsmen and outdoors enthusiasts across the country.

Speakers at this year’s event included Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Dave White, chief of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service; Christy Plumer, director of Federal Land Programs at The Nature Conservancy and Larry Johnson of Nevada Bighorns Unlimited. Outdoor Life, Outside, Sporting Classics and Agri-Pulse were just a few of the publications represented.

The TRCP’s 2012 Western Media Summit would not have been possible without our sponsors:

The High Lonesome Ranch, New South Access & Environmental Solutions, Orvis, Beretta, Sitka Specialized Wear and Equipment, Outdoor Industry Association, Minox, Platte River Basin Environments, Pure Fishing, Pro Guide Direct, Patagonia, New Belgium Brewing and Winchester Ammunition.

Learn more about the TRCP’s Western Media Summit.

 

Whit Fosburgh

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September 25, 2012

With Economics, Access and Conservation, Sportsmen’s Act is Easy to Love

Early Saturday morning, the U.S. Senate voted to advance the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 – a package of more than 20 measures that promote public hunting and fishing access, habitat conservation and strongly funded resource management—toward final action when Congress returns to session after the November elections. To describe the bill, authored by Montana Sen. Jon Tester and supported by a bipartisan coalition of senators, as friendly to public hunting, fishing and conservation is an understatement.  The act promotes values central to the TRCP and other hunting and fishing organizations vision of guaranteeing every American a place to hunt and fish.

You may have heard grumblings about how this bill is bad—mostly from those who oppose the current law, which would be reaffirmed by the bill – that the Environmental Protection Agency cannot regulate lead ammunition and fishing tackle. Instead, the bill leaves those decisions to state fish and game agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which currently regulate ammo and tackle.

Driftboat by Dusan Smetana
The Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 has a broad economic and social impact, improves access and supports habitat conservation. Photo by Dusan Smetana.

But the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 offers a lot more to like than criticize. And in a Congress marked by partisan conflict and divisiveness, the fact that a bill aimed at expanding public access for recreational opportunities – including hunting and fishing – passed by such a wide margin confirms the importance of these activities to our nation’s heritage and our economy.

Why is the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 important?

It has broad economic and social impacts. Sportsmen and -women have a long history of promoting species and public lands conservation. This bill embraces that legacy. A national survey undertaken in 2011 found that more than 90 million Americans participate in hunting, fishing and wildlife watching. Hunters and anglers alone account for close to $100 billion in annual economic activity and support more than 900,000 sustainable U.S. jobs.

It improves access. Sportsmen cite the loss of access as the No. 1 reason they quit hunting or fishing. This bill reauthorizes the Federal Lands Transaction Facilitation Act, which uses a “land for land” approach to improve access. It also sets aside 1.5 percent from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to specifically address access issues by purchasing in-holdings on existing public lands and securing easements to access-restricted acreage.

It supports habitat conservation. Sportsmen and -women are significant financial contributors to habitat conservation. The bill continues other critical habitat investment programs that have expired, including the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Partners for Fish and Wildlife, the work of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act. In total, these programs leverage $4 of private investment for each dollar from the program.

After the elections, we’ll reach out to you with an opportunity to contact your elected officials in the U.S. House and Senate to complete work on the Sportsmen’s Act. In the meantime, the Senate’s leadership deserve a “thank you” from all sportsmen. 

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