One of the things that truly sets anglers apart from other recreationalists and “hobbyists” is the great lengths they will go to protect and preserve gamefish and the wild places that fish live.
Most of us realize that we’re able to enjoy our fishing and our access in large part due to the efforts of the groups and individuals who are working tirelessly to protect and preserve these rights and resources. And while there are literally hundreds of groups, organizations, projects and individuals engaged in important and meaningful work, Yellow Dog is pleased to recognize and support the efforts of several entities who continue to go “above and beyond” in their efforts to protect and preserve what we as anglers value. Here at Yellow Dog, we are proud to support the following organizations, and we would highly encourage all passionate anglers to do what they can to support one or more of these groups as well.
HENRY’S FORK FOUNDATION
Known as the “Voice of the River,” the Henry’s Fork Foundation, located in Eastern Idaho, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to conserve, restore, and protect the unique fishery, the wildlife, and the aesthetic qualities of the Henry’s Fork watershed. Fighting the good fight for one of the most incredible freshwater fisheries in the world.
TURNEFFE ATOLL TRUST
Based in Belize, this is the group that helped make catch and release the law of the land for bonefish, permit and tarpon throughout all of Belize. They also lead the efforts to secure official protection for Turneffe Atoll by the Government of Belize as the country’s newest Marine Reserve, passed into law in November of 2012.
SPORTSMAN’S ALLIANCE FOR ALASKA
While the organized opposition to Alaska’s Pebble Mine project is stronger than ever, there is much work that remains to be done in shutting down “the mother of all-time bad ideas.” These guys are leading the fight to defeat the Pebble project and save the waters and wild salmon resources of the Bristol Bay region.
BONEFISH AND TARPON TRUST
A group that has emerged as the loudest voice for saltwater flats species, BTT is working to identify, protect and promote healthy populations of bonefish, permit and tarpon for the future. They sponsor the research needed to protect and enhance these species by gaining a better understanding of their biology and ecology.
THE FRESHWATER TRUST
The most progressive and forward-thinking freshwater conservation group that you’ve probably never heard of. These guys are getting it done every day – actively and creatively working to preserve and restore freshwater and river ecosystems all throughout the Western U.S.
American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams. Since 1973, American Rivers has fought to protect and restore more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers report.
If you are someone who cares about the places you fish, and if you value your recreational opportunities and access, then please join Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures in supporting these important organizations. Get involved.