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  • May 28, 2009

    Biggest Construction Project in Canada Is Now Underway

    Earlier this month, Jean Charest, the Premier of Quebec; Claude Bechard, the Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife; and a host of other dignitaries officially launched construction of the huge Romaine Dam hydroelectric complex. The complex will be situated on Riviere Romaine north of Havre-Saint-Pierre, in the Cote Nord region. Construction of the four reservoir-powered plants and a permanent 150-kilometer-long road will cost an estimated $6.5 billion.

  • May 22, 2009


    The Clean Water Restoration Act is a critical piece of legislation for wetlands and waterfowl. Tens of millions of acres of wetlands have lost their protection from drainage and destruction—wetlands that waterfowl depend on throughout the flyways, from the breeding grounds in the prairies to the wintering grounds in the South. The Clean Water Restoration Act would restore these protections, without burdening America's farmers and ranchers.

  • May 20, 2009

    Save the Planet: Donate 1%

    Earlier this year, I was invited to an informal press conference hosted by Yvonne Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, Inc., and Craig Mathews, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, Montana. The agenda? To discuss the 1% for the Planet initiative, which the two men founded back in 2001. 1% for the Planet is an alliance of businesses that donate 1% of their annual sales to a non-profit conservation organization of their choice (that organization, large or small, has to be vetted and approved by 1% ahead of time).

  • May 18, 2009

    The Great Lakes Get Funding Help

    Earlier this month, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and federal agency partners - the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service - designated 26 projects to receive $1.5 million in funding through the "Sustain Our Great Lakes" program.

  • May 15, 2009

    Conservation Chronicles: Paul Morrow

    Since 2006, when we last checked in with Paul Morrow, the habitat chairman of the Ingham County Chapter of Pheasants Forever and a 2006 Heroes of Conservation finalist, a lot has happened.

  • May 15, 2009

    The 2010 Budget Good News, and Bad News for Sportsmen

    I was just reading the latest release from the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP), about provisions for sportsmen in President Obama’s 2010 budget. There are some really positive things in there for sportsmen. For example, project Opens Fields, a new hunter access program, has been funded at $50 million. And there is also $38 million directed at programs to help get more young people involved in hunting, fishing, and conservation. The majority of those funds will go directly to states, to fund programs to educate young hunters, fishermen, and wildlife managers.

  • May 14, 2009

    Is Rock Snot Headed to a Stream Near You?

    It hasn’t even been two years since we all were made aware of Didymo, or rock snot, an invasive species that has been raging across New Zealand and which has now found its way into famous trout stream in the Northeast U.S. — including the Battenkill in Vermont, the East and West Branches of the Delaware River, and now Esopus Creek in the eastern Catskills of New York.