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Pebble Mine Update

Orvis has an update on the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska. Pebble Mine would threaten Bristol Bay and its world-leading sockeye salmon run. With Trump facing less than 100 days before the election and possible (but not certain) end of his term, it’s clear the administration will do everything it…

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Mister Smith Goes to Alaska

Harry Smith, formerly of CBS News and currently with NBC News, reported on a trip to Alaska where he covered the controversy of the Pebble Mine. This was no puff piece or a screed. His reporting demonstrated clearly the costs to the land, waters, and fish that would result if…

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The Beauty of Fish Scales

I came across this post on fish scales (rigid plates that provide protection for the fish). While that may sound like a topic of interest only to an ichthyologist, this is about the aesthetic of fish scales. They are absolutely beautiful. In a world of climate change and climate-change denial…

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Orvis Moment of Chill

Orvis has released a series of short daily videos for this holiday season that are intended to provide a relaxing time-out from the stresses associated with the holiday season; they work just as much for the sturm und drang of the impeachment season. The video below is the kickoff video…

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Where’s the Starbucks in Yellowstone?

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle found the following reviews of Yellowstone National Park in Google and Yelp. It’s difficult to know if anonymous reviews are real – there’s always the possibility that some people think themselves clever (they’re not) with the following reviews. On the other hand, if real, they sound…

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EPA Fails to Protect Bristol Bay

The political appointees in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week withdrew proposed Clean Water Act safeguards for Bristol Bay. This action reverses years-long efforts by the EPA that began with the start of a study in 2010 and culminated with proposed standards in 2014 that would have protected Bristol…

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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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