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River, Wetland and Habitat Restoration – First Do No Harm

THI.DoNoHarmAD.2013(F)It is one of the precepts all students are taught in medical school. It reminds a physician that he or she must always consider the possible harm any intervention might cause. It also applies quite accurately to the process of restoring rivers, wetlands and uplands. The very act of “restoring” any resource or habitat implies that you do no harm.

Our natural environment plays host to an immense variety of species, many of them microscopic. Whether reducing excessive erosion or enhancing habitat for fish, we not only tread lightly on the delicate ecosystems that exist, we strive to protect and enhance it.  >Learn More about EcoBlu!

Our Thanksgiving Holiday Best Wishes!

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During this Thanksgiving season, all of us at Trout Headwaters

would like to wish you a safe and restful holiday.

When you are gathered with family and friends around the dinner table,

the big football game, or wherever your own special tradition takes you,

please pause a moment and join us in being thankful

for all our precious water resources.

A Community on Ecosystem Services

Trout Headwaters heads to the ACES conference in Washington, DC, December  8-12.  ACES 2014 will bring together leaders in government, NGOs, academia, Native American communities, and the private sector to advance the use of ecosystem services science and practice in conservation, restoration, resource management, and development decisions. The focus of the conference is to link science, practice, and sustainable decision making by bringing together the ecosystem services community from around the United States and the globe.  This years speakers include Trout Headwaters, Inc president Michael Sprague, who is currently Vice President of the National Mitigation Banking Association.  

To schedule a meeting during the conference contact us info@troutheadwaters.com


From the Field Today – A Mantis Selfie

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We couldn’t resist posting this selfie of a THI field technician and a Mantis.  The creature was safely returned its habitat during field assessment work on this project site in Virginia.  More than 20 species of Mantis are native to the United States, including the common Carolina Mantis, with only one native to Canada. Two species (the Chinese Mantis and the European Mantis) were deliberately introduced to serve as pest control for agriculture, and have spread widely in both countries.


Industry Support Grows for Aquatic Restoration Partnership

WadersintheWaterTrainingcopyright2014THIWashington, DC – September 2, 2014 - Aquatic restoration businesses continue to express excitement as Youth Corps nationwide are receiving training and certification for climate-ready aquatic restoration. Graduates of the Waders in the Water training program, created by The Corps Network and Trout Headwaters Inc., will be skilled in aquatic safety, knowledgeable about installation techniques, and ready to provide business and government reliable restoration on streams, rivers and wetlands across the U.S. This industry-recognized credential will build important bridges to enable youth to enter conservation careers by learning how to improve the health, productivity, and climate-resiliency of our streams, rivers, and wetlands. >Read More via http://corpsnetwork.org/industry-support-grows-restoration-private-public-partnership or See Video Clip of several Corps members at training



Public-Private Partnership to Certify Youth Corps

Restored Creek/Wetland ComplexThe Bay Journal writes: “Beyond political will or ecological know-how, restoring the Chesapeake Bay and other impaired waters across the country requires a good deal of manpower.”  It will take ‘waders in the water,’ to physically return rivers, streams and wetlands to a more natural state.”

“It’s work that Trout Headwaters, Inc., a private water restoration company, has been doing nationwide for nearly 20 years — and work that the company, through a new partnership with The Corps Network, now plans to equip youth corps nationwide to do,” writes the Journal.  >Read More via http://www.bayjournal.com/article/public_private_partnership_to_certify_youth_corps_for_restoration_work

5 Go-Blu Resolutions for all you TroutHeads!

TroutHeads are part of an elite group dedicated to preserving and protecting our freshwater resources and finned friends.  We’ve come up with 5 Go-Blu Resolutions you may want to consider for 2013. For more ideas visit http://www.troutheads.org TroutHeads.org.

1.    Eliminate plastic water bottles from your life with the EcoBlu Eco-Water Bottle.
Did you know it takes 2,000 times more energy to produce bottled water than tap water? And that 50 billion plastic water bottles end up in U.S. landfills each year? Order an Ecoblu Eco-Water Bottle and feel great that our water bottles are:

  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Recycled and Recyclable
  • BPA free
  • Tough – less dents, greater durability, and precision construction
  • Offer flexible food grade coatings so no chips or flakes end up in your water

Order yours today http://www.troutheads.org/ecoblu-ecowater-bottle-p-7.html.

2.    Spend more time outdoors. A new study has confirmed what you’ve probably suspected for awhile: Spending time in nature without computers, phones, and other electronic devices makes people more creative.  So find some care-free clothing and get outdoors.

We usually start with a Trout Headwaters Columbia® Fishing Shirt. This fishing shirt is constructed of cotton poplin that’s garment washed for lived-in comfort. It features hook and loop closed fly box pockets at the chest, a tool holder and utility loop and a rod holder loop on the left chest that frees up your hands to work with lines and lures. The color is neutral bonehead with the THI logo embroidered in hunter green. http://www.troutheads.org/trout-headwaters-inc-columbia-fishing-shirt-p-5.html

And to keep the sun off you’ll want a THI embroidered cap, too. http://www.troutheads.org/trout-headwaters-inc-embroidered-cap-p-3.html

3.    Start a journal. It has been said that journaling helps you listen to your own wisdom. The Trout Headwaters THInk pad is perfect for journaling. It has 80 lined pages printed on recycled paper. http://www.troutheads.org/trout-headwaters-inc-think-pad-p-6.html

4.    Learn more about sustainable approaches to stream, river and wetland renewal and repair. Trout Headwaters, Inc. “Recent Work” 2012 anniversary edition is a collection of the latest river, stream and wetland restoration photos and quotes from one of the oldest firms in the industry.

Available in hardcover or softcover, it has 54 beautiful pages of original photographs and inspirational quotes. http://www.troutheads.org/trout-headwaters-inc-%C3%82%E2%80%9Crecent-work%C3%82%E2%80%9D-p-8.html

Or download to your iPad  for only$2.99 via eBlurb. http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/361470-trout-headwaters-recentwork.

5.    Experience a new outdoor film genre – the adventure documentary. “Where the Yellowstone Goes” follows a 30-day drift boat journey down the longest undammed river in the lower 48. Intimate portraits of locals in both booming cities and dusty, dwindling towns along the Yellowstone River, illustrating the history and controversies surrounding this enigmatic watershed leading to questions about its future. Connect with colorful characters, get lost in the hypnotic cast of a fly rod, and experience silhouetted moments of fireside stories on this heartfelt river adventure. Running time is 88 minutes and the film is available in DVD or Blu-Ray at http://www.troutheads.org/where-the-yellowstone-goes-dvd-or-bluray-p-9.html

Or download direct from ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/where-the-yellowstone-goes/id568038692

Read reviews: http://www.wheretheyellowstonegoes.com/news/

See the trailer: http://www.wheretheyellowstonegoes.com/

TroutHeads Gear for the Holidays!

Unique Gifts for the Trout Head in Your Life Official TroutHeads gear makes great gifts and can be found only one place – www.troutheads.org! Proudly wear the official TroutHeads t-shirt or embroidered cap, or sport an official THI Staff shirt, cap, or field water bottle. Keep a journal in the official THInk Pad, or check out THI’s portfolio of river restoration projects in the latest THI Recent Work.

Just available at TroutHeads.org is a DVD or Blu-ray of the THI-sponsored film “Where the Yellowstone Goes.” TroutHeads are dedicated to preserving and protecting our precious environment and finned friends. Proceeds from all sales will go to the important work of restoring our coldwater resources. To find out if you are a TroutHead visit www.troutheads.org.


Where the Yellowstone Goes – Acclaimed Documentary Released on DVD and iTunes

Chronicling a 31-day journey on the longest undammed river in the lower 48, the film covers major issues like the 2011 oil spill, along with sweet anecdotal stories and plenty of fly fishing, on one of America’s most wild and scenic rivers.

Director Hunter Weeks teams up with presenting sponsor Trout Headwaters, Inc. to present his fourth feature documentary film just released on DVD, Blu-ray, and digitally through iTunes. The DVD will be available everywhere, including Amazon.com and the film’s official website, wheretheyellowstonegoes.com. The full-length HD download will be available for $12.99 on iTunes Store, and the film can be rented in many locations including Netflix and iTunes.

Over the summer, a 30-city U.S.theatrical tour brought together packed houses of conservation, water, and fishing enthusiasts who overwhelmingly enjoyed the film. The film continues to be licensed for special one-night screenings in cities nationwide.

The DVD is a region-less disc featuring the 82-minute movie, deleted scenes, full-length interviews fromYellowstoneRiverenthusiasts Michael Leach and Al Kesselheim, and messages from Montana Office of Tourism and Trout Headwaters, two of the film’s sponsors. The Blu-ray includes Dolby 5.1 surround sound.

“This is a story about life on one of our greatest, most-preserved rivers. It explores some serious conservation issues along with great fishing, but ultimately is about each of our lives and the impact we make while we’re here,” said Hunter Weeks, director of the film.  

Where the Yellowstone Goes is sponsored by: Trout Headwaters Inc, Montana Office of Tourism, Simms Fishing Products, and Costa Sunglasses. A portion of all DVD and Blu-ray sales will be dedicated to conservation ofAmerica’s rivers.

Read more: http://www.wheretheyellowstonegoes.com/

You might also enjoy: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ed-felker/where-the-yellowstone-goe_b_1652853.html

The Taimen Conservation Project – Notes from the Field August 16, 2012

We have expanded our taimen conservation education and awareness campaign, with posters and brochures, to the Chinggis Khan International Airport in the capital of Ulaanbaatar.  Our display stands nearly 7-feet-tall and is located in the middle of the international baggage claim area. The message is simple and clear and it uses the same poster design created by WWF-Mongolia and the RARE campaign. The consistent design is important to boost recognition of the campaign and its mission, a very important step as we gear up for our national campaign.

The thought behind targeting the airports for our message is simple. Nearly all foreign anglers fly into the international airport in Ulaanbaatar, stay for a day or two in the capital and then most continue their trip flying domestically to Khuvsgul Aimag and the domestic airport in the town of Murun. Targeting anglers in these bottlenecks guarantees that we will address the largest target audience possible. Providing the material in numerous languages (Mongolian, English, Russian, Czech, German and French) hopefully allows all anglers to read and understand the Taimen Laws and Regulations for Mongolia. The taimen conservation display in the Murun airport has been receiving even more attention than we had hoped. In my observations many foreign tourists, not just anglers, are stopping at the display and grabbing a brochure, which describes taimen conservation efforts. We have already almost gone through our first printing of 3,000 brochures.

 This series follows University of Montana graduate student Dan Bailey as he travels the wilds of Mongolia to survey and tag Taimen, the world’s largest trout. Dan is posting to the Club EcoBlu blog as he assists with the Taimen Conservation Project. Taimen are highly endangered, have been known to grow to 6-ft long and more than 200 lbs. The information gathered will aid in drafting a conservation plan to protect this megafish. Trout Headwaters, Inc. is a sponsor of the project.