Wild Trout & Clean Water Rally – February 25

Everyone loves to talk about protecting the resource for future generations and allowing our kids a chance to chase native fish, well here’s your chance to do something about it.  Please take a minute to read the release below from the Sierra Club, Idaho Rivers United, et al about Bull Trout protection proposed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service and how you can support them.

“Bull trout, an Idaho native, are threatened with extinction.  The US Fish and Wildlife Service released a revised critical habitat rule for bull trout that would protect thousands of miles of rivers and lakes in five states of the Pacific Northwest.  The Sierra Club, along with our conservation partners, supports the FWS proposal because it will help protect our healthy rivers and forest habitat, clean drinking water and wild trout.  The bull trout is well known as an indicator species of the larger negative effects from climate change on fish habitats and what is good for bull trout is good for other species like cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, salmon, steelhead, birds, and wildlife.

Boise is the ONLY scheduled public hearing.  Activists from all over the country are looking to the people of Idaho to come out and support this historic protection of fisheries of the northwest. Please make it a priority and come!

Please attend our WILD TROUT AND CLEAN WATER RALLY at 6:15pm at the Boise Centre, the hearing will follow.  We’ll have fish theatre, “fish sticks”, music and more.  Bring the kids and the whole family!  They’ll have a blast.

And at 7:00pm, we’ll move inside for the official hearing where you’ll be able to comment about your support for clean, cold water. This is a very important event to protect our lakes, rivers and aquatic wildlife. Please come of February 25th!

Thanks for caring about our rivers and questions contact Jessica at (208) 384-1023 or Jessica.ruehrwein@sierraclub.org

Some additional things that you can do today:

1. The most important thing you can do is attend the Trout Rally at 6:15 this Thursday.   Spread the word. Use Facebook to invite your friends.

2. Volunteer at the Grove on Feb. 25. Shifts start at 3:30, 5:30 and 6:45. Work includes gathering petition signatures, helping with displays and directions.

3. At 7:00 p.m. on Thursday testify at the hearing. Everyone has a chance to make a short comment.

4. Submit comments in writing by March 15. Visit www.sierrasportsmen.org for talking points and details.

5. Write a letter to the editor of the Statesman supporting the FWS proposal and promoting healthy rivers. This needs to be done very soon. 200 words or less to editorial@idahostatesman.com

For More Information:

State-by-state descriptions of the proposed critical habitat units, maps, photographs, general biological information and other materials relating to the proposed rule may be found at the US Fish & Wildlife’s bull trout website (link).

Bull Trout Flyer

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