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.

USDA Forest Service Temporarily Closing All California National Forests for Public Safety

Release Date: Aug 30, 2021

Contact(s): Public Inquiries, Media Inquiries

PDF of this news release

Link to Regional Order

VALLEJO, Calif., — August 30, 2021. To better provide public and firefighter safety due to the ongoing California wildfire crisis, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing a temporary closure of all National Forests in California. This closure will be in effect from Aug. 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. through September 17, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. This order does not affect the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, which is not in the Pacific Southwest Region.

“We do not take this decision lightly but this is the best choice for public safety,” said Regional Forester Jennifer Eberlien. “It is especially hard with the approaching Labor Day weekend, when so many people enjoy our national forests.”

Factors that led to this decision include:

1. By temporarily reducing the numbers of people on national forests, we hope to minimize the likelihood that visitors could become entrapped on National Forest System lands during emergency circumstances.

2. The closure order will also decrease the potential for new fire starts at a time of extremely limited firefighting resources, and enhance firefighter and community safety by limiting exposure that occurs in public evacuation situations, especially as COVID-19 continues to impact human health and strain hospital resources.

3. Due to state-wide conditions, any new fire starts have the potential for large and rapid fire growth with a high risk to life and property. The Forest Service and our partners are absolutely doing all we can to fight these fires and will continue to do so, but the conditions dictate the need for this region-wide closure order.

4. Forecasts show that conditions this season are trending the same or worse as we move into late summer and fall.

5. Although the potential for large fires and risk to life and property is not new, what is different is that we are facing: (a) record level fuel and fire conditions; (b) fire behavior that is beyond the norm of our experience and models such as large, quick runs in the night; (c) significantly limited initial attack resources, suppression resources, and Incident Command Teams to combat new fire starts and new large fires; and (d) no predicted weather relief for an extended period of time into the late fall.

‘The Los Angeles River’ goes on preorder

From Peter Bennett:

Now on sale. The time has finally come, my LA River book is soon heading to the printer and I am taking orders for both the hardcover and the softcover editions. https://www.citizenoftheplanet.com/lariverbook

When I first started this project, I made a decision to self-publish. This book means a lot to me having spent over twelve years documenting the river. By self-publishing, I felt I could maintain the creative control necessary to tell the story of the river in a way I thought it deserved.

But in order to afford the printing costs, I need to sell as many copies as I can ahead of time. I have tried to keep the prices as low as possible and still cover my costs.

I will be sending to the printer in September and should have copies to deliver by the middle of November, just in time for the holidays (should make a great gift).

The book looks beautiful, I think everyone will really like it.  Thank you so much for the support.