Two inspiring videos from two inspiring conservation orgs

Ultimately, we sort of have an ecologically illiterate society, and issues like climate change, it’s kind of dangerous that our average citizens don’t know how the world functions and how we connect to it. We’re more connected than we think. We need each other more than we think.”
 —Paul Rogers, director of Utah State University’s Western Aspen Alliance, on the lessons aspens can teach us | The Gazette

CalTrout: From ‘fishing for fun’ to ‘catch and release’

Trout Unlimited: “The biggest threat to our world is the disconnection between people”

Join a team fishing competition on the Kern River, slated for Saturday, Oct. 9

Southern Sierra Fly Fishers Club announces the sixth annual California Fly Fishing Open will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9, in Kernville, California.

The five-person team tournament is back on the mighty Kern River, so get your team ready and register here.

Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers remove more than 5,000 pounds of trash in three hours

A volunteer at the Trout Unlimited South Coast chapter LA River cleanup joined 2,735 others on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 35 beach, river and inland sites in Los Angeles County for the 32nd Annual #CoastalCleanupDay. Volunteers covered 50-plus miles of area on land and underwater—removing 5,051 pounds of trash and 156 pounds of recyclables in three hours. (Credit: Miranda Robin)

Two events for Saturday consideration

Join South Coast Trout Unlimited in its continuing partnership with Heal the Bay for their Coastal Cleanup Day.

We will be cleaning up the Los Angeles River and the adjacent park areas, from 9 a.m. until noon this Saturday (Sept. 18). Gloves and trash bags will be provided.

Most of the trash in the streets and parks make their way into the watershed via storm drains and eventually the ocean. You are doing your part to reduce the giant islands of plastic found floating in the middle of the ocean.

Please wear a hat and comfortable closed-toed shoes. Sunscreen and Hand sanitizer will be provided.

Stick around for the amazing raffle prizes as each participant will be given a raffle ticket, you might win a fishing pole

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Meet at Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park.

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SCTU is working on the Lower LA River, so drop by our booth and learn more about the Lower LA River Restoration and Access project.

LA River End Of Summer Festival
Saturday, September 18
9am-2pm
Hollydale Park: 5400 Monroe Avenue South Gate, CA 90280We have just launched the Lower LA River Channel Restoration and Access project page. Check it out here to learn more about the background and goals of this grant project. The conceptual designs are a first step in creating a naturalized bottom in the Lower LA River.

Checkmate: EPA to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay, blocking major gold mine

Bristol Bay’s salmon spawning grounds sustain a commercial fishing industry that generates more than $2 billion every year. (Courtesy Wild Salmon Center)

From the Washington Post: “The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it would restore protections for Alaska’s Bristol Bay, blocking the construction of a massive and controversial gold mine near the world’s largest sockeye salmon run.

The policy shift, indicated in a court filing Thursday in response to a lawsuit filed by the mine’s opponents, deals a serious blow to a project that has been in the works for more than a decade and would have transformed southwest Alaska’s landscape.” Read the whole story.

SCTU’s final summer fishing event reels in LA River carp

Enter the annual Trout Unlimited/Orvis Teens Essay by Oct. 1

Vamos a Pescar participants Ethan and Hailey get a good look at a juvenile carp before releasing it back to the LA River. (Credit Miranda Robin)

From the contest organizers:

Public green and blue spaces can hold varying levels of importance and interest for people, but they all have one thing in common: endless opportunity for exploration.

For folks living in cities, public spaces such as neighborhood parks and greenways; woods and gardens; or ponds and lakesides are a respite from summer heat and provide space for physical activity. For those who live close to public lands such as U.S. Forest Service land or a national park, public lands can offer camping, hiking and biking trails. Plus, public lands and urban green spaces provide ample opportunity to wet a line.

Trout Unlimited is teaming up with Orvis to make our annual TU Teens Essay Contest the best ever. We want to hear from any young person between the ages of 12 and 18 why public spaces and lands are important to them. Judges will choose winners from two categories: eighth grade to 10th grade, and 11th and 12th grade. The deadline is Oct. 1.

When teens enter our TU Teen Essay contest, they get the chance to win a new Orvis Helios 3 outfit plus have their winning essay published in TROUT magazine. Second place teen essayists can choose between an Orvis Recon outfit or Orvis Bug Out backpack; third place will choose between an Orvis Clearwater outfit or Orvis Guide Sling/Tote combo.

Visit www.tu.org/teen-essays for the essay prompt, contest rules and details. Contact Brett Prettyman with questions and to enter. We can’t wait to hear from you.