Welcome to the latest edition of the Wednesday Wake-Up Call, a roundup of the most pressing conservation issues important to anglers. Working with our friends at Unlimited trout, Backcountry hunters and anglersThe Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, The Everglades Foundation, Clean water captains, VoteWater.orgAnd Conservation Falcon (among other things) we make sure you have the information you need to understand the issues and form an informed opinion.
1st White House ceremony celebrates victory in Bristol Bay
Last Thursday, President Biden spoke in the rose garden about recent conservation gains, including the EPA’s decision earlier this year to effectively halt all future development of the Pebble Mine property. The President was introduced by United Tribes of Bristol Bay executive director Alannah Hurley, who spoke about the efforts of Alaska Natives over the past two decades:
“But our people stood up and fought back to protect what is sacred to us. President Biden heard our voices,” she said. “He and his team have listened to Bristol Bay and our many partners across the country. And together we stopped the Pebble Mine.”
It’s important to note, says Hurley, that the job isn’t done until the region enjoys permanent protection.
- The developer of the Pebble mine in Alaska raises doubts about the company’s going concernat reuters.com
- Goodbye, Verner, fearless fighter against the pebble mineon nrdc.org
2. Climate change may require an overhaul of Everglades restoration plans
The comprehensive plan to restore the Everglades was approved by Congress in 2000, but in the more than two decades since then, the effects of climate change – particularly sea level rise – may have altered conditions sufficiently to require changes in CERP targets .
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine reiterated in their latest federally mandated review of Everglades restoration progress last November that climate change needs more attention. The scientists said authorities had made little progress in incorporating future precipitation and temperature scenarios into the planning of their projects and that new, climate-based approaches were urgently needed.
“Inadequate consideration of water availability under future conditions and potential variability in the rate of sea level rise could lead to a project proceeding that is not viable given future climate change,” the scientists write.
- A look at efforts to undo nearly a century of damage to the Florida Evergladesat miamiherald.com
- Friends of the Everglades 2023 Review: “A Session of Sprawl” at wqcs.org
3. Six major conservation investments were announced this spring
After years of campaigning for more funding to improve fish and wildlife habitats, it’s an exciting time for athletes – these funds are starting to hit the bottom and have an impact where we hunt and fish.
Throughout 2021 and 2022, our community played a critical role in ensuring that one-time investments in our country’s infrastructure and climate protection also create more quality places to enjoy nature. We pushed for projects with multi-pronged benefits, including stronger fish and wildlife populations, better connected habitats, more climate resilience, and protections for communities facing increasing floods, droughts and wildfires.
Now federal agencies are implementing their plans to address top-priority projects through these and other means. Here are six key investments that hunters and anglers should know about.