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A true icon of the west, fly fishing & conservation

The life of Leonard Purdy sits in stark contrast to that of another western rancher currently in the news.

Leonard "Bud" Purdy, one of Idaho's most beloved and respected ranchers, died Monday at his home.

Purdy, 96, hunted ducks and skied with Ernest Hemingway. He hosted Jimmy Stewart and Gary Cooper at his Picabo Ranch. He led the ranching industry into rest- and-rotation grazing, a system of moving livestock on and off public grazing lands that protected the range and improved cattle production.

Purdy donated a 3,500-acre conservation easement along Silver Creek in the 1990s to the Nature Conservancy, adjacent to its own Silver Creek Preserve. The easement protected the creek and its environs from future development.

Silver Creek, one of the state's premier trout streams, attracts fly-fishermen from around the world.

Purdy didn't even take the tax break on the land easement, valued at $7 million.

Up until his death Bud continued to spearhead restoration projects on his land and beyond. He flew solo in his plane every weekend, watching over his cattle and the meandering flow of Silver Creek.  

LINK (via:The Idaho Statesman)


New Aquarium of the Pacific exhibit to honor steelhead 

The new $850,000 display will depict the steelhead's journey from mountain streams to the Pacific and is meant to spawn support for restoring the fish's habitat.

The last steelhead in the Los Angeles River was a 25-incher caught off a bridge in Glendale in 1940, two years after that stretch was paved. Today, the region's steelhead population hovers around 500 — 10% of what it was seven decades ago.

LINK (via: The LA Times)


Why Are 20 Far-Away States Trying To Block The Cleanup Of The Chesapeake Bay?

This is unbelievable.

Earlier this year, a group of 21 Attorneys General from states as far away from the Chesapeake Bay as Alaska and Wyoming submitted an amicus brief that aims to strike down the EPA’s Chesapeake cleanup plan. The AGs argue that the cleanup plan raises serious concerns about states’ rights, and they worry that if the plan is left to stand, the EPA could enact similar pollution limits on watersheds such as the Mississippi.

LINK (via:Climate Progress)

States rights? The EPA cleanup plan was created at the request of the six Chesapeake Bay states.


How to Make a Sick Mountain Bike Edit

You might know how to make a mountain bike fly fishing film but do you know how to make a sick edit?

A sick edit from the Gravity Mafia. 


Fly Fishing and Falconry

Now there's two words you don't often see together in the same sentence.


Audubon types, we're fully aware the image above is not of a falcon but that of a red tail hawk. 


A River Runs Through Livingston

Some interesting tidbits in this 1992 Washington Post profile of Robert Redford, Livingston and the making of A River Runs Through It. 


Here's a further blast from the past.