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Patagonia Giving Away Its Trump Tax Cut

Patagonia announced that it is giving away the $10 million dollars it received from Trump’s “middle class tax cut” – a tax cut that actually benefited corporations and rich individuals. Rose Marcario, Patagonia’s CEO, stated: We have always paid our fair share of federal and state taxes. Being a responsible…

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National Parks in Trouble

I’ve written of the problems of crowds and traffic in Yellowstone National Park (read here). Now the Denver Post has an extensive article on the problems faced by a number of western national parks and the communities that surround them. Essentially we are loving our parks – to death. Add…

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Memory and The Return of Chum Salmon

Distractions abound in contemporary society with the increasing depravity in most aspects of public life – think big time business, entertainment, politics, and sport. And now that it’s almost December, the endless ads for luxury cars, snooping servants masquerading as home electronics, and Christmas music that has been playing in…

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Yellowstone Gridlock

Visit Yellowstone National Park whenever the park’s roads are open (typically April to late October), and there’s always the possibility of crowds at popular highlights (e.g., Old Faithful), long waits at restaurants, and gridlock caused by animals on the road or nearby. The possibility increases to certainty – particularly crowds…

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Time to Remove the Lower Snake River Dams

David James Duncan is the author of The River Why and The Brothers K. He is also a committed environmentalist who speaks with his own memories of the salmon that once swam up the Columbia/Snake river system. He adds his voice to the call to remove the lower four dams…

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The Environmental Costs of Fly Fishing Travel

Tom McGuane is credited with saying that a passport is the best piece of gear a fly fisher can have. The meaning, of course, is that travel to a far-flung location can offer opportunities for better fishing with relatively pristine and under-pressured fisheries and fewer people. And it certainly seems…

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The Kelp of August

Fly fishing in Puget Sound in August often means high temperatures (as has been true the past weeks) and hazy skies from distant forest fires (as was true last year). But there is another consistent issue in parts of Puget Sound in August and that is the kelp forests that…

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The Last Orca

The above picture was posted online in the last several days. It shows a dead newborn Orca calf being carried around on its mother’s back near Victoria, British Columbia. As heart-breaking as the image is, it’s even more disturbing when one realizes this was the first Orca calf born in…

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The Fish That Destroyed the Yellowstone Ecosystem

National Geographic has a troubling article on how one fish has, and is, changing the ecology of Yellowstone National Park (YNP). The introduction of lake trout into Yellowstone Lake has led to the demise of the native cutthroat trout (see photo above). That in turn has led to a cascading…

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Twelve Minutes to Life

Twelve Minutes. That’s the average length of time a single-use plastic bag is used. Five hundred years or more. That’s how long it takes that single-use bag to biodegrade. And even that might be overstating it. And what’s left after any biodegradation? Plastic particles that exist in the environment indefinitely….

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