The Rule That May Forever Change the Way We Protect Forests and Wildlife

Last week, I wrote about fishing for cutthroats in southern Montana to celebrate Earth Day, and to explore a river whose headwaters have long-been protected by unroaded National Forest lands. Part of the reason for that trip was to discuss the new U.S. Forest Service Planning Rule (a discussion that would fit in under the heading "Boring but Important"). It's pretty clear after 234 years or so that democracies--and democratic republics--are run by those who show up. And there is still time for sportsmen to comment on the rules that will guide our public lands managers in the coming decades.

We were catching those cutthroats because of some pretty sound management of the headwaters, and a lot of that management, in this case, was simply protecting what was not sundered. Our National Forests offer some of the best hunting and fishing on the planet and we have the opportunity to make sure it stays that way.

Here's a link to the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership's page that discusses the Planning Rule.

Here's a link to the Forest Service site that discusses watershed protection--it's worth reading.

And here is a link to the video above taken that day by TRCP's Joel Webster--we caught some nice fish, in some cold water, in one incredibly beautiful place. This is the first of a series called the Native Trout Adventures. Take a look.