The exceptional fish and game resources found in the Modoc National Forest are depending on sportsmen to stand up and demand that they be protected from the surplus of motorized routes that would further degrade water quality and fragment large game habitat. Take action to protect native trout populations in Modoc National Forest. Please visit our online action center today and stand up for native trout populations.
Comments are due by February 11, 2009.
WHY WE CARE
The Modoc National Forest is one of the most diverse forests enjoyed by sportsmen in the West. Two native trout species, the Warner and Goose Lake redband trout, are at serious risk from unmanaged off-highway vehicle use and the proliferation of new roads in the forest. The Modoc boasts exceptional hunting for both upland birds and large game species such as Rocky Mountain Elk and California Mule Deer. Tell Forest Supervisor Stanley Sylva that we have enough roads, and that we sportsmen need more wild country, not less.
In a report sponsored by Cal Trout and others, Dr. Peter Moyle of UC Davis, one of the leading experts on CA trout and their watersheds, published a comprehensive report on the status of salmonoids in CA. All the facts show there is a definite slide in the health of our fish. So much, in fact that, in 100 years from now, up to 65 to 80% of California’s trout, steelhead and salmon species will be considered extinct.
” The southernmost populations of salmon, steelhead, and trout, uniquely adapted to California’s climatic regime, are in deep trouble.”... “Bringing these fish back from the brink of extinction will not be easy but it is possible, thanks to the inherent adaptability of California’s salmonids to changing conditions. However, the growing threats of climate change and increasing human populations, with increases in water use and in intensity of land use, will need to be addressed. In the long run, restoring fisheries for most species, however, will require reducing or at least not increasing human impacts on the California landscape.” (Dr. Moyle)
This is a startling report and a wake up call to all. Water issues promise to be the number one threat to fish in the coming years.
The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) was ordered by a federal court to cease stocking trout, steelhead and salmon in selected sites until a comprehensive Environmental Report (EIR) was complied and reviewed. This lawsuit was filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Pacific Rivers council on concerns of the possible extinction of select native fish and amphibians due to inadequate stocking management.
While some 180 sites will be banned from receiving stocked fish, over 80% of the total, roughly 770 sites, will still be stocked in 2009.
There undoubtedly will be an economic impact in communities who depend on anglers who fish these ‘put’ and take’ sites for 2009. And, DFG fish stocking will also be undoubtedly more scrutinized in the future.
For those of us in the fish conservation community as well as anglers of all philosophies; let us hope this short-term action forces DFG and its policies to employing a more long-term, comprehensive stocking management approach that factors better protection for native fish & amphibians in their historic ranges.
AB 1189: Cal Trans required to re-address fish barriers
The CA Council (TUCA) has signed on to an important pending state bill that would close loopholes in regards to CalTrans in its responsibilities on fish barriers on state and federal roads.Since the passage of SB 857 in 2005, which initially outlined CalTrans' duties, many roads still have barriers to anadromous fish passages that are not being addressed.
Specifically, AB 1189 would define the following;
--define 'fish barrier'
--detail what info CalTrans must include in its already required annual report on fish passge barriers
--state that CalTrans must perform an assessment of barriers at each site where it is using state or federal funds for transportation maintainance
--states that CalTrans shall work with DFG to identify high priority streams and habitat near barriers and submit a report to the legislature by 2010
--states that CalTrans shall use stimulus funds for fish passage to the extent permitted by federal law
For our letter, please go to Resources-Action Alerts tab
Dear Senators Bingaman and Domenici,
We, the undersigned organizations represent millions of hunters and anglers, fish and wildlife professionals and businesses, and others who recreate on and enjoy our public lands. For many years, Congress has considered reform of the General Mining Law of 1872.
On November 1, 2007, the House of Representatives passed HR 2262, the Hardrock Mining Reform and Restoration Act, by a strong bipartisan vote of 244 to 166. Now is the time for the Senate to take up a hardrock mining bill that will provide sensible reform and protect fish and wildlife resources on America’s public lands.
We urge you to take action on modernizing the 135-year-old mining law this Congress, and we offer our assistance and support.
TROUT UNLIMITED ACTION ALERT May 23, 2008
Take Action - Protect Our Last Remaining Steelhead
Please visit our online action center before May 28th to help us stop a controversial proposal to build a six-lane toll highway across San Mateo and San Juan Creeks.
These creeks represent the front line in the battle to bring back steelhead to its native waters in Southern California.
WHY WE CARE
TU's South Coast chapter has been working for years to bring back the endangered southern coastal steelhead. Our primary focus has been San Mateo Creek - the last undeveloped, undammed river in Southern California.
The proposed Toll Road could cause major and irreparable harm to steelhead habitat and water quality in San Mateo Creek and neighboring San Juan Creek.
In February of this year the California Coastal Commission determined that the Toll Road was inconsistent with the Coastal Zone Management Act and denied the developer a key permit to move forward with the project. The developer, Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA), has appealed the Coastal Commission's decision to the federal Department of Commerce, despite the fact its own studies have shown that alternatives to the Toll Road would provide equal relief of traffic congestion and cause far less environmental damage.