November 3, 2017
After Hurricane, Fishing is Fine in Florida Keys
By Bill Sargent/Florida Today
Photo by Greg B/flickr
Hurricane Irma caused millions of dollars in damage in the Florida Keys but a silver lining on that bleak cloud is the surprising quick resurgence of the sport fishing, particularly in the backcountry for bonefish and permit.

Sandy Moret keeps abreast of the fishing scene as the owner of Florida Keys Outfitters, a fly fishing specialty store in Islamorada, and he said he is impressed with fishing's quick recovery.

"Flats fishing is dynamite and great guides are readily available," Moret said.

2018 Farm Bill Will Be Key 
for Gamebirds andWaterfowl
By Greg Hoch/Shooting Sportsman
Photo by m01229/flickr
There's a lot of excitement when hunting: a covey of quail blowing out over a point, a rooster erupting from cattails, the building tension as a flock of mallards circles. Before the shot, however, there often are monotonous miles walked and hours spent staring at empty skies.

Making the laws that protect wildlife and habitat can be just as monotonous and testing. But they are critical to maintaining the excitement of the hunt.

There are a number of laws that benefit wildlife: the Lacey Act, the Weeks-MacLean Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and more. None was easy to pass through Congress. But passionate and committed people didn't stop.

One of the most important pieces of legislation for gamebirds and waterfowl is the Farm Bill. The next Farm Bill is due in 2018, and the politicking already has started.

The McGraw Center for Conservation Leadership has developed a series of recommendations for the upcoming Farm Bill.  You can find out more about the Heartland Waters Initiative here.
Sea Level Rise May Be Faster than Predicted
By Chris Mooney/The Washington Post
Photo by Alex's Anderwelt/flickr
Climate change could lead to sea level rises that are larger, and happen more rapidly, than previously thought, according to a trio of new studies that reflect mounting concerns about the stability of polar ice.

In one case, the research suggests that  previous high end projections  for sea level rise by the year 2100 - a little over three feet - could be too low, substituting numbers as high as six feet at the extreme if the world continues to burn large volumes of fossil fuels throughout the century.

"We have the potential to have much more sea level rise under high emissions scenarios," said Alexander Nauels, a researcher at the University of Melbourne in Australia who led one of the three studies. His work, co-authored with researchers at institutions in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany, was published in Environmental Research Letters.
More Folks in
Wilderness -  Are They Prepared?
By Brian Mann/NPR
Photo by coastalcreature/flickr
On a fall day in New York's Adirondack Mountains, a helicopter swept over a bog as state forest rangers scrambled below over rocks and muddy streams. It was a bright afternoon in one of the most beautiful landscapes in America, but this was a search for yet another missing hiker. A 28-year-old New Jersey man named Alex Stevens had vanished into this vast wilderness nearly two weeks earlier.

"He's not very well prepared, I want to be real clear about that," said New York state forest ranger Lt. Brian Dubay, briefing reporters at the search command post. "We believe any warm clothing he thought he had, we consider to be inferior."

Here's the good news. A lot more Americans are getting out to hike and camp. State and national parks are booming. But there's a big downside. More people are showing up in wild lands unprepared, without the right equipment or skills. They're getting lost or hurt and that's putting new pressure on first responders.
How Women Can Help Change Face of Conservation
By Anna Grubb/TRCP
Photo by Renee V/flickr
Long before Theodore Roosevelt hunted the badlands and remade himself from a sickly child into an American conservation hero, there were tales of Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt. She is the modern-day inspiration for  Artemis Sportswomen , a group that's ready to change the face of conservation.

We caught up with one of their founding members, Allie D'Andrea-you may know her by her social media handle, Outdoors Allie-to hear what inspires her outdoor pursuits and how she thinks women can help advocate for America's quality places to hunt and fish.
 
"As long as the wind and cold allowed, we stayed. Then we paddled to shore, ending one of the best hunts ever, well short of our limits."