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Barry Lopez’s Last Interview

Sometimes called the modern Thoreau, Barry Lopez had a reporter’s insights and a naturalist’s focus on the relationships between humanity and the natural world. He was a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, but is perhaps best known for his non-fiction book on the fragile Arctic, Arctic Dreams (1986), which…

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The Health Impacts of Climate Change

Cathy Whitlock, PhD, is a paleoecologist at Montana State University in Bozeman. She has written over 200 peer-reviewed articles for scientific journals, and was the lead author  of the 2017 Montana Climate assessment, that among other findings forecast continued decreasing winter snowpack; increasing numbers of wildland fires; increased forest mortality,…

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1% for the Planet

I have long admired 1% for the Planet. Founded by Yvon Chouinard (Patagonia) and Craig Matthews (Blue Ribbon Flies) in 2002, its goal was to help protect the planet by giving 1% of each of their annual sales – whether or not profitable – tp the work of environmental protection…

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An Elk CWD Super-Spreader Location

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is one of the most feared of diseases that affect North American wildlife; in particular, the species most at risk are caribou, deer, elk, and moose. It is a prion disease that is similar to Mad Cow disease in cows and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans.  And…

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Washington Steelhead Extinction?

One of the most iconic of Northwest fish is the steelhead.  While commonly thought of as a salmon, the fish is actually an anadromous rainbow trout that is prized for its beauty and tenacity. For fishers, both fly and gear, it is the fish of dreams. I’ve known people who…

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The War of the Worlds: COVID-19 and the Climate Emergency

While the resolution of the 2020 election works its way through appeals, denials and temper tantrums, the transition continues to the eventual inauguration of Joe Biden on January 20th, 2021. Depending on their political affiliation, if any, people are ecstatic, angry, or indifferent – and yes, there are many of…

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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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