January 19, 2012
Yes, we know it’s January. And yep, we know January falls squarely in the category of “winter.” But winter is typically the season when we find ourselves keeping warm by the fire, thinking longingly about that steelhead we were playing back in October. Hence the title of this post.
We were in one of those reflective moods the other day when we came across this article in The Contemporary Sportsman. In it, the author, Bryan Huskey, gives a moving account of growing up in Central Oregon surrounded by trout rivers, lakes, and streams. Beginning with his introduction to fly casting for steelhead, he gives a methodical description of his evolution as a fisherman, tying it into the evolution of the sport itself. Looking back at the emergence of two-handed rods, learning the nuances of the water and movement of the fish, and simply taking in the beauty around him, Huskey makes it hard for the reader to not want to get back out on the water.
After checking out Huskey’s stirring words (and photography!), we encourage you to explore the plethora of content within the covers of this latest edition. And once you’re done with that, you might want to consider subscribing to their newest publication, Backcast.
January 12, 2012
From FSC affiliate, Trout Headwaters:
What follows is a letter to the editor in response to a recent article in Conservation Magazine titled, Chasing Rainbows by Anders Halverson. “Lured by a utopian vision of nature, fish and game agencies dropped billions of trout into thousands of lakes. Now, they’re determined to undo the damage they caused,” writes Halverson. The article which appeared recently is an adaptation from his recent book An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World, published by Yale University Press. Find photos and resources related to fish-stocking at http://andershalverson.com
Dear Conservation Magazine,
We found it incredible that Anders Halverson’s detailed article, about rainbow trout introductions and the unintended consequences (Chasing Rainbows), never mentions the true tragedy of this ecological predicament: the rampant poisoning of entire ecosystems to rid them of planted rainbows.
The same flawed logic of single-species management used to plant the rainbows is now being used to remove rainbows, most often with a systemic poison, Rotenone. Poisoning out non-natives in favor of a preferred native is euphemistically called, native fish restoration. In fact, in many Western states today rainbows are being simultaneously stocked in some places and poisoned in others.
Unfortunately, Rotenone doesn’t discriminate between non-native fish and native fish. It doesn’t spare amphibians or insects. It kills them all and monitoring data show some species never return. Our company has long espoused the Hippocratic Oath of “first, do no harm” as it applies to ecological restoration. We need a strong web of organisms on this planet, not just rainbow trout, or cutthroat trout, or yellow-legged frogs.
Protecting and restoring healthy, functioning freshwater streams and wetlands to sustain a high diversity of organisms is a much more effective and economical way of conserving species. Given half the chance, nature will decide when and where to chase the rainbows.
Read more: http://www.conservationmagazine.org/2011/11/chasing-rainbows/ or learn more about river, stream and lake poisoning at http://www.stopriverkilling.org
[Note: You can check out the original post at THI's blog, http://troutheadwaters.com/clubecoblu/?p=2603.]
January 5, 2012
We hope everyone had a relaxing holiday season! We sure did, but we’re also incredibly excited to get 2012 started.
Now that you’re all caught up on your email and are getting settled back into your daily routine, isn’t it time for another vacation? Maybe not, but how about a five-minute break? We’ve got just the ticket! Our affiliate, Trout Headwaters, is doing some great work at Running Colter Ranch over in Bozeman, Montana and recently released a video documenting their work. Enjoy!
November 29, 2011
We would like to introduce you to another friend of Field Sport Concepts, Wyman Meinzer. Mr. Meinzer is the Texas State Photographer and has a number of wonderful videos documenting the beauty of the Texas landscape. One of his videos, “Securing the Legacy,” documents the critically important work of the Natural Resources Management program at Texas Tech University. Instructing the students in both the ecological history of Texan ecosystems as well as proper management of it is range of ecosystems, the program prepares students to serve as environmental stewards for generations to come. We invite you to check out the video below.
November 17, 2011
Carrots, oregano, and beets.
Well, maybe it’s not entirely that simple. You should probably add lettuce, potatoes, and corn as well. And berries.
The point is, developers are finding that some of the most successful residential and commercial developments are those that include a long-term commitment to local agriculture. While many developments centered around culs-de-sac and strip malls have been put on hold, those that include community farms, farmer’s markets, and other local food-based amenities are moving full steam ahead.
In fact, at the recent Urban Land Institute (ULI) 2011 Fall Meeting in Los Angeles, the sheer power of the local food movement was put on display. Speaker after speaker demonstrated how by including local food in their development, they saw significantly higher property values with lower capital investment than traditional residential and commercial developments.
In one example, a resort developer in Hawaii included a 22-acre farm on a recently completed luxury residential resort. He is now finding that the farm is having a big impact on sales and marketing, especially when considering it cost 1/100 the price of a traditional golf course, clubhouse, and spa. In another example, Bundoran Farm in Albemarle County, Virginia is a conservation community designed around a low-density residential development and a working farm. Benefiting from drastically lower infrastructure costs as a result of the use of on-site management of stormwater runoff, the developer is also seeing lots selling for $250,000 to over $1 million.
We encourage you to read more about agriculture-centered developments and would love to hear from you should you have any questions!
November 2, 2011
In one of our earliest posts, we talked a bit about a great program called Project Healing Waters. It’s a program that works with wounded and disabled veterans to teach them the basics of fly fishing, fly casting, and rod building.
We recently received an email from them asking for support to help them raise money and gain greater media exposure. We’ve published it below and ask that you consider helping them out. It does not require any money, just your votes.
In recognition of the work Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) does with veterans and its presence on GuideStar, PHWFF has been selected to participate in a weekly voting competition on Toyota USA’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/toyota?sk=app_114219605347571. PHWFF will be up against three other nonprofit organizations and the one with the most votes at the end of the week will receive $10,000.00 plus be featured on NBC’s Sunday Night Football during the Toyota Halftime advertisement.
We need your vote. We need your vote every day from November 2 through November 8. In addition, please encourage your family, friends, co-workers, employees, bosses, colleagues, clients, neighbors, civic, social, patriotic, military and veterans organizations, Social media friends, PLs, volunteers, and anyone else you can think of to vote for PHWFF…not just once, but remember to vote seven times.
I recognize that your time is valuable, however, $10,000.00 and the media exposure PHWFF will get will help purchase fly fishing equipment and supplies and send more deserving veterans on trips is a significant return for a couple minutes of your time each day to log on to http://www.facebook.com/toyota?sk=app_114219605347571 and vote. And, it will be $10,000 less than the nonprofit organization will have to raise to help wounded warriors and diabled veterans as they participate in a constructive rehabilitation and recreational activity.
I thank you in advance for your support.
October 31, 2011
A few weeks back, we posted a story about how agriculture-based communities are the new golf communities. It looks like we’ve influenced a developer in Illinois to do the same! (on second thought, he’s probably been working on the project for more than the past few weeks) You see, John DeWald & Associates recently broke ground on their newest development, Serosun Farms. This one is not like traditional subdivisions, though. As DeWald puts it, “The vision of Serosun Farms is to protect and preserve our land from future development and suburban sprawl.” Serosun will blend agricultural preservation and sustainable practices (including producing 70-80% of their own energy on site).
Not only will the community have large plot sizes to preserve open space, it will be centered around a 160-acre working, sustainable farm with an on-site farmer’s market and over 400 acres of open space, miles of hiking trails, fishing ponds, playgrounds, a community center, and an equestrian facility. In fact, the community will have extensive boarding and training facilities and will offer professional care to the residents’ horses.
Perhaps most exciting of all, this innovative community isn’t alone! According to the Urban Land Institute, there are more than 200 similar projects currently in the works.
The affiliates at Field Sport Concepts have extensive experience with every stage of the development of agriculture-based communities. In fact, our work at Bundoran Farm was the first working farm to be certified Gold by Audubon International. We are eager to work with you to develop the next conservation community!