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Clackamas Bull Trout

In 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reintroduced bull trout to Oregon’s Clackamas River.

Bull trout are extremely sensitive fish, requiring cold, clean water to survive. They were completely eliminated from the Clackamas River—a watershed they had evolved in over hundreds of thousands of years—with the last sighting back in 1968.

Now they’re back, thanks to a healthy population in the Metolius River east of the Cascade Mountains. Here their story below.

Clackamas Complete: A Return of Bull Trout from Freshwaters Illustrated on Vimeo.


Here’s to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for efforts to revive a Civilian Conservation Corps for the 21st century.  In fact, the concept is called the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, and will bring an extremely valuable and successful American institution back for future generations.  With the political winds the way they are, the program will rely on private investments rather than full federal support, with American Eagle stepping up to support the program with $1 million. Read more about the program here.

California Conservation Corps’ Backcountry crew.USDAgov


Worn Wear – Patagonia

Worn Wear from Patagonia is unique among businesses.  This is what I love about Patagonia.  As a private company, they don’t need to grow indefinitely to appease shareholders who are interested in profit only.  They can support causes, and business strategies, that embrace principles beyond the bottom line.

Below is a new film about people and their Patagonia gear, as part of the Worn Wear campaign. It is almost 1/2 hour long, but definitely worth watching.  Not to get too preachy, but in the middle of the Holiday season, it is more important than ever to consider the impact of our buying choices and try to reduce our individual and collective impact on the environment.



Ecotrust, the Portland-based non-profit who have advanced several innovative conservation tools and methodologies over the years, have released a new online magazine, Commonplace.  Commonplace is described as, “a new online and mobile magazine focused on stories from home.”  Particularly if you live in the Pacific Northwest, you will likely find Commonplace worth a look.  The first issue focuses on the sensitive Skeena River basin of British Columbia, currently the focus of the Northern Gateway Project, which would convey tar-sands oil by tanker through the region to the Pacific.







Thankfully, committed organizations and filmmakers continue to get the word out about the misguided (is that a strong enough word?) effort to convey tar sand oil through British Columbia’s complex and ecologically sensitive coast.  Our northern neighbors continue to entertain the idea of this project, although British Columbia itself has recently proclaimed opposition to the project.

I finally watched Groundswell, which follows the previous films SPOIL and Tipping Barrels, and forwards the discussion of the tar sands proposal while displaying the Great Bear rainforest in all of its unique coastal beauty.  Groundswell is the work of Patagonia, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, and Woodshed Films (who brought us 180° South).  Trailer below.


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