FFI recently joined others to comment on the draft EIS for Pebble Mine in Alaska. FFI also filed public comment on the scope of an EIS being prepared for a license for a waste tire site in Paradise Valley Montana.
FLY FISHERS INTERNATIONAL (FFI) NAMES PATRICK H. BERRY PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
As we’ve seen repeatedly over the past several years, human-caused climate change is the single largest threat to our outdoor heritage. Whether it manifests itself as sea level rise, storm surge, flooding and unprecedented rainfall, or through record high temperatures, flash droughts, extreme wildfires and choking smoke, climate change is making headlines and having a major impact on our lives. To shine a light on this threat, Conservation Hawks is following up the short climate & angling films Cold Waters (2015), Chrome (2016) and Convergence (2017) with an ambitious new project, In The Heart Of The Rockies.
In The Heart Of The Rockies focuses on the northern Rocky Mountains, from Yellowstone north towards Glacier National Park. This incredible landscape is known far & wide for its mountains, rivers, wildlife and amazing natural beauty. The film showcases this spectacular area through the eyes of sportsmen both young and old. As we meet these iconic anglers & hunters, we’ll learn about their love for this incredible landscape and their concerns over our changing climate.
In The Heart Of The Rockies raises a number of important climate-related issues, including how drought, record high temperatures, extreme wildfires and smoke impact hunters and anglers, as well as fish & game. As the story unfolds, the film illustrates how climate change is altering landscapes and changing the character of the northern Rockies.
The cast for In The Heart Of The Rockies includes:
• Elk hunter Craig Mathews (near West Yellowstone, MT)
• Upland bird hunters Dave Perkins (Vice Chairman of Orvis), Nancy Mackinnon and Phoebe Bean (Rocky Mountain Front, MT)
• Ice fisherman Hal Herring, his son Harold and daughter Carol Ann (near Glacier National Park, MT)
• Fly fishers Hilary Hutcheson and her daughters Ella and Delaney, as well Todd Tanner and his son Kian. (Henry’s Fork near Last Chance, ID)
FFI expresses concerns that the comment period for the project is too short and that the EIS doesn't adequately address ramifications of potentials failures in the plan.
FFI joins 43 other groups offering input as lawmakers craft infrastructure legislation.
Good news from Congress this week.
The Board of Directors approved a Policy Statement on Climate Change at their meeting on November 26. It is the policy of Fly Fishers International to advocate scientifically sound public policies, management practices and educational efforts to minimize and mitigate accelerated rates of climate changes caused by human activities.
PFBC extends the catch and release regulation on Section 5 of Penns Creek. It's great news for the fishery.
Public land around Yellowstone Park protected from mining, Save the Seas Act signed by President Trump and America's Water Infrastructure Act passed by the US Senate.
Michigan DEQ Permit for a commercial fish farm on the Au Sable to be withdrawn, commercial fish-farming to cease by end of 2018, Grayling Fish Hatchery to remain open as a tourist attraction.