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  • July 30, 2010

    Herring: Stopping the Flood

    By Hal Herring

    The first thing I thought of when I read the story about Iowa’s Lake Delhi dam break was how interesting it would be to see what monster fish were stranded in those shallow waters between the mud flats…but I know this was a tragedy for those who had (and lost) homes around the lake and for those who loved to fish it.

    As I read the story, though, it occurred to me just how many of these “record rain events” and “catastrophic floods” we have been experiencing across the US.  Why so many, and why are the costs- for just one example, the Nashville floods in May this year have cost an estimated $1  billion- going through the roof?

    An answer can be found in the Associated Press story about the Delhi Lake dam break:
    "More water came down than ever had been planned before," he said. "Things were different when it was built, the watersheds were different, field drainage was different, we're working with a situation that the designers of the dam couldn't have foreseen." End Quote

  • July 27, 2010

    Marshall: Dodging Bullets in the Gulf

    By Bob Marshall

    No news was good news for Louisiana's estuaries last weekend when Tropical Storm Bonnie fell apart.

    Instead of evaluating the worst-case scenario feared since the beginning of BP's oil disaster - a storm surge pushing oil deep into coastal wetlands - sportsmen Monday were getting back to fishing. And fishing has been great.

  • July 19, 2010

    Herring: Have Hunting and Fishing Magazines in Spanish, or Else?

    By Hal Herring

    In the late 90’s I was working as a forestry subcontractor, planting trees on clearcut paper company and National Forest lands in Montana and Idaho. My last full season (April-June), my work partner and I were the only native English-speakers on the thirty-or-so man crew. It was a good season, and we made good money. Also, I got to know a bunch of Mexican treeplanters who became my friends, and I learned something about what it is like to come from a country whose government has failed, in almost every measurable way, to govern on behalf of its people.

  • July 12, 2010

    How Oil is Killing My Favorite Place on Earth

    By Ashley Day

    A guest post by Field & Stream Editorial Assistant Ashley Day

    I’ve spent every summer of my life in the Florida Panhandle, visiting my grandparents who have lived in Seagrove Beach for 45 years. It is my favorite place on Earth. It is my sanctuary. Spring Break attractions and patches of rental developments have cheapened and commercialized this sanctuary, but the oil spill is powerful enough to defeat both new condos and drunk college kids. It hasn’t just devalued, it has destroyed. But when people care about their environment, they advocate for it, and no one has proven this more than the local fishermen.

  • July 9, 2010

    Marshall: How The "Open Fields" Bill will Get You More Land to Hunt and Fish

    By Bob Marshall

    Notice to sportsmen who feel locked out of quality private hunting and fishing lands: Your state has 45 days to change that, courtesy of a $50 million incentive from America’s taxpayers. The program is called Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program, a feature of the 2008 Farm Bill known as “Open Fields.” It provides $50 million for states to purchase public access for outdoor recreation on private lands.

    The program is the culmination of a long drive by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership to address what research has long shown is major cause for the decline in hunting and fishing participation: Lack of access.

  • July 6, 2010

    Marshall: Oil and Waterfowl Don't Mix

    By Bob Marshall

    It’s safe to say that before BP’s runaway oil well began pumping a river of crude into the Gulf, most Americans--even her sportsmen--didn’t understand the far-reaching role Louisiana’ coastal estuaries play in the larger continental ecosystem. But the actions being contemplated by federal wildlife agencies in advance of the fall migration period should give them some indication.