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Conservation Across America: Good Stewardship

10/16/12 at 05:29 AM by Vince Puzick

One of my favorite bumper stickers is Think Globally / Act Locally.  It applies in so many areas of our lives.  I'd rather shop in stores where the owners are local, where the produce is locally grown, and where, like the song goes, everybody knows your name.  It's true, too, with conservation efforts to preserve and protect our waterways and fisheries.  We can act locally in ways that serve as good stewards of the planet.  

 

I've posted here about the efforts of our own Cheyenne Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  I appreciate their efforts  and the work they do -- alongside other organizations like the Rocky Mountain Field Institute -- to protect our local waters and the inhabitants of them.  But what are some other conservation efforts happening outside of our own area?  What are the other "local actions" that are all coming together for a wider impact?  Here are a few:

 

Orvis and Trout Unlimited's 1,000 Miles Campaign

If you think about it, most of us won’t fish that many stream miles in our entire lives.

 

But, with help from Orvis and its customers, we hope to open up 1,000 miles of habitat for trout and salmon all across America by making some simple fixes to our rivers and streams. Culverts–those big pipes that carry entire waterways under roads and trails–are stream-stealing culprits. If they’re old, or poorly designed, they can be barriers to upstream migration of trout and salmon. By simply removing or repairing culverts at stream crossings, we can open significant chunks of habitat for fish … and fishing.  So, together with Orvis, we’re launching the 1,000 Miles Campaign, and we need your help.  

 

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

One of the most serious threats to America’s outdoor heritage is invasive species, and nowhere is that threat more evident than in our own Great Lakes.

 

Join Steven Rinella of the hit TV show “MeatEater” as he discusses how sportsmen can help stop the spread of invasive species that are destroying delicate ecosystems in the Great Lakes and across the U.S.  Biologists and longtime sportsmen have seen firsthand the devastating effects of invasive species such as the sea lamprey eel, zebra mussels and Asian carp.

 

(To read more about zebra mussels in Colorado, see this webpage from the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife:  The Zebra Mussel.  The site has tips on how to stop the spread of this invasive specie in our lakes, reservoirs, and rivers.  You can also read about them at www.protectyourwaters.com.)

 

 So act locally to protect our own waters...and have an impact beyond our own state boundaries.  

 

 

 

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