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PHOTO: One acre of wetland can absorb as much as one million gallons of water, according to a recent report from the National Wildlife Federation. Many Michiganders are still recovering from the damage caused by five inches of rain which fell in August. Photo credit: M. Shand.

LANSING, Mich. – As many Michiganders are still cleaning up from the devastating effects of last summer's storms while bracing for winter, a recent report from the National Wildlife Federation suggests some of the best resources for preventing major flooding can be found right outside. Colli ...Read More

PHOTO: The renowned trout fishery in the Green River in northeastern Utah could become part of a federally-designated wilderness area, as part of an agreement involving Daggett County leaders and conservationists. Photo courtesy of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

SALT LAKE CITY - An agreement involving county government and conservationists is in place that would help protect the Green River in northeastern Utah, home to some of the best trout fishing in the country. Charles Card, Northeast Utah backcountry coordinator at Trout Unlimited, says the agreement ...Read More

PHOTO: A new analysis from The Wilderness Society of BLM management plans throughout the West shows that oil and gas is favored other over uses. In Wyoming, 95 percent has been made available for development. Photo courtesy of BLM.

LANDER, Wyo. - Ninety-five percent for oil and gas, 5 percent for everything else. An analysis from The Wilderness Society shows that the Bureau of Land Management has made almost all its land within Wyoming available for development. Nada Culver, director of the society's BLM Action Center, said t ...Read More

PHOTO: Fishermen with a Tillamook Bay Chinook taken on spinners in the middle bay on Tuesday. Fall Chinook are among the most stable wild salmon populations in Oregon, largely because they don't spend as much time in fresh water streams as others. Photo courtesy of Bob Rees.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Every Oregonian who turns on a faucet or casts a fishing line has a stake in what happens with the Clean Water Act. The federal law turns 42 on Saturday, and sportsmen and conservation groups are pushing to strengthen it. The EPA is proposing an update to the Act after court cases ...Read More

PHOTO: Saturday marks the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act, and the EPA is currently accepting public comments on a proposal the agency says would strengthen protection of streams and wetlands. Photo credit Lou Kellenberger/Florida Wildlife Federation.

TAMPA, Fla. – This Saturday marks the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Before the legislation was put in place, only one-third of the country's waters were deemed safe for fishing and swimming. Now, that number has doubled, and Manley Fuller, president and CEO of the Florida Wildlif ...Read More

PHOTO: The EPA is taking comments on a proposed rule that would clarify which waterways receive protection under the Clean Water Act. Photo courtesy of Wild Virginia.

RICHMOND, Va. – Saturday is the anniversary of the enactment of the Clean Water Act, and the federal government wants to hear from the public about the landmark law. In recent years, court decisions have clouded the waters on where the key pollution law applies – especially when it com ...Read More

PHOTO: A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision against listing wolverines as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act is being challenged in court. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

JACKSON, Wy. - First they said they would. Then they said they wouldn't. So now, the courts may make the call on whether the wolverine should be listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had proposed the listing last year, but reversed course in Augu ...Read More

PHOTO: A group including Gena Goodman-Campbell of ONDA (right) and Veronica Baker of Deschutes Brewery (second from right) hiked into Scout Camp in the Whychus-Deschutes Proposed Wilderness in June as part of a Beers Made By Walking tour. Photo credit: Eric Steen.

BEND, Ore. - Some Central Oregon hikes are having a longer-term effect on the people who made them this summer. On Wednesday in Bend, outdoor fans will meet to open a few beers crafted using ingredients discovered right along the trail in Oregon's high desert. Three local breweries signed up to tak ...Read More

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