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Re: NFC: Taken from www.flyshop.com "Conservation Corner"
I for one think that there are several rivers in my part of the country
that need desperate attention. The Kansas River, Arkansas River and
Cimmaron River come to mind. As well as the Platt River in Nebraska.
On Sun, 13 Dec 1998, Brian T. Perkins wrote:
> I thought you all might finfd this of interest:
> Bozeman, MT -- This year, the conservation committee of the Federation of
> Flyfishers (FFF) is inaugurating a campaign to list and publicize five of
> the most endangered fisheries in this hemisphere.
> Since most of our members are in the U.S. and Canada, we expect most of the
> nominations to come from waters in those two countries. This initiative is
> based on the American Rivers Association's very successful "Endangered
> Rivers" publicity campaign. That effort lists rivers most threatened by
> pollution and other insults, and effectively gets out publicity about these
> rivers to the public. State and federal agencies responsible for the rivers
> are sensitive to this publicity, and often a positive effort is made to
> correct the problem after American Rivers lists a waterway as endangered.
> Since our organization is a national conservation/recreation organization
> with an emphasis on fly fishing, listing endangered fisheries would be more
> appropriate for us. The fisheries that we will list may be endangered
> because of many factors, including mismanagement of the fisheries or the
> water levels, interference of dams, introduced species competition or poor
> water quality.
> The criteria for nomination and process for selection are as follows: If a
> member or club wishes to nominate a fishery in trouble, the following
> information should be forwarded to one of the thirteen FFF councils' Vice
> Presidents for Conservation, who now comprise the National Conservation
> 1. Name the river, estuary, or lake in which the fishery is located, and the
> area most in need of help.
> 2. List reasons why the fishery is endangered. Include the influences of
> water quality, fishery management decisions, dams, water use issues and
> other pertinent factors.
> 3. Make your recommendations of what should be done to recover the fishery.
> Also include the recommendations of state and federal agencies that are
> generated from biological/ecological studies of the fishery and habitat.
> 4. Include names, addresses and e-mail addresses of the state and federal
> agencies responsible for the fishery.
> For contact information for the one of the council presidents in your
> region, contact the FFF National Office at P.O. Box 1595, Bozeman, MT 59771,
> (406) 585-7592, fax: (406) 585-7596, or e-mail
> . Info can also be sent to the National Office and will be forwarded
> The conservation committee will discuss and vote on the nominations in
> February 1999, and publish the results in the Flyfisher, on the FFF website,
> news releases and other ways that the communications committee sees fit.
> Do YOU have a fishery in your backyard that you feel is in need of national
> attention to bring it back to its former excellence? Conservation officers
> of clubs are urged to poll their membership, establish communication with
> their Council Vice Presidents for Conservation, and submit their