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Monday, September 28, 2015

Northern British Columbia

Incredible photos by Tim Romano taken while in fishing in remote Northern BC! BC 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Northern Remote British Columbia Slide Show

British Columbia called me back to the region and she rang early this year.

       After an unbelievable experience on the Aniak River for six weeks, a short week at Bear Trail Lodge, I left Justin and Kada in late August aboard a charter flight out of King Salmon. After a short stint in Anchorage (four hours and every fried appetizer on the menu), I boarded a plane that eventually landed me in northern British Columbia (BC).

 I arrived in Smithers, BC when the cottonwoods held shiny green leaves and steelhead were just beginning their journeys into the big rivers defining these valleys.  Below is a slide show of the first three weeks of my time in remote BC.

I have already stayed over a week or two longer than expected and will be extending my stay another two weeks.  It's steelhead season!


Created with flickr slideshow.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Oregon Rain

I stand at my kitchen sink, looking out the window as I fill a glass of water. I live in Rockaway Beach a coastal community of 2,500 people, renowned for all that is epic about the Oregon coast: stunning beaches, lush forests and rich ocean and inland waters. 

I take a sip of water. Outside, targeting a nearby clear-cut hillside, a helicopter sprays a sheet of herbicide. I spectate as the chemicals float to dirt, supposedly doing its job--killing weeds that might choke out saplings. Those weeds line Jetty Creek, the source of my small community’s drinking water.  Yes, you read correctly: logging companies spray chemicals over my community’s drinking water. And under the protection of the archaic Oregon Forest Practices Act, they’re permitted to do so.

Read More on The Cleanest Line

Friday, April 24, 2015

Paradise Almost Lost: Destruction at Jetty Creek in Oregon

Check out this write up on Venturing Angler:

"A satellite view of Jetty Creek would make any angler salivate. The home to wild coho salmon and steelhead, the creek runs through Rockaway Beach on the Oregon Coast in Tillamook County. With lush forest, massive ancient trees, and coastal hills, this region is picturesque Pacific Northwest. But such a description no longer paints a representative picture."

Read More...HERE.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Save The Date: April 25!

Film Screening for Clean Air and Water

Join us for a FREE film screening at the Coliseum Theater on 310 Main St. in Tillamook on April 25th. Doors open at 12:00 for meet and greet. Two short films and panel discussion with Q & A from 12:15 until 2:00.

This is the second community forum presented by Rockaway Citizens for Watershed Protection and the North Coast Basin Coalition focusing on aerial pesticide spraying in the forest - a coastal air and water quality issue.
Film Screening:
·      “Drift: A Community Seeking Justice”- created and produced by U of O Environmental Leadership Program students about Gold Beach residents.
·      Film short on Rockaway Beach’s watershed, Jetty Creek, filmed with a local fishing guide.

Raffle included for great outdoor equipment!
 See how you can learn more and take action.

For more info, email; or call 503-355-2516

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Oregon's Dirty Little Secret

Kada and I in front of an old stump high up in the Jetty Creek watershed.  Notice there are no trees for miles.
Jetty Creek on the right under those trees.  That is a legal buffer in Oregon for a fish-bearing stream!
       My water smells like a swimming pool.  The water pouring from the tap when I turn the handle.  Water I drink. Water I give to my dog.  Water I shower in. I live on the magnificent, wild, pristine Oregon coast.  Or is it?

         From the kitchen sink in our home, you can see the edge of the massive clear cuts in my local watershed, Jetty Creek. Our municipal drinking water comes from this 1400 acre watershed, a privately owned and managed industrial forest.  Currently, approximately 82% of this sensitive area has been clear cut by two private timber companies.  They went ahead and cut right into a wetland area surrounding the creek as well as harvested all the trees on the feeder creeks flowing into Jetty Creek.  Imagine how shocked I was to find out...this was totally legal.

       And because of the massive clear cuts, the watershed has been subjected to aerial spraying with a cocktail of pesticides and chemicals.  An area that is less than a mile as a crow flies (or helicopter spraying chemicals flies) from a school and homes...including our own.  And they've been able to do so without notifying the local community.  Again....totally legal.

      How does it feel to know that Oregon, a state that touts green forests and green practices, is looking the other way instead of managing our forests properly?  Allowing toxic chemicals banned in other states and countries to be sprayed in drinking-water watersheds?

    On Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Tillamook Coliseum Theater, our local citizens group, Rockaway Beach Citizens for Watershed Protection, RBCWP, are hosting a FREE film screening of "Drift: A Community Seeking Justice",  a short film about Jetty Creek, and  a panel discussion about forest management and aerial spraying. 

      The purpose is to initiate change and garner support for protecting our local watersheds and protecting the coastal communities of Oregon that derive their drinking water from water flowing through private industrial forests.

If you would like to participate or offer your support through raffle item donations, please contact me!

RBCWP: Nancy, Jane, Jack, and Kada atop a stump in the watershed.
When you walk into the watershed, you walk through a 1/4 mile of woods.  The feeling is quiet, peaceful, and natural.  And then you emerge into devastation.
Jetty Creek on the left. 

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

The End of March, the End of a Season.

   It could be considered a New Year's resolution, but it's April.  I started off the month with two goals: write a little each day and practice yoga once a day.  Simple really.  On day four of April, I wrote.  One step at a time I told myself.  I can try a little sun salutation tomorrow.  No need to push myself.

     Now if I was literally laying around and not doing anything, you'd be suspect as to why I can't pull a little writing and yoga time out of my hat.  But, we just finished up our steelhead guiding season. And instead of laying around watching the whole four seasons of Game of Thrones (yeah, never touched that series) and unwinding, I spent the last days of March learning how to drywall.  I truly thought that although I could row a boat, catch steelhead, and be a fishing guide, I could never "hang rock". Like it was too hard for me. And besides, it wasn't even on my list of things to achieve.

    While my newly acquired constructions skills have me feeling pretty proud,  they are no match for the last few months of steelhead season and the moments of pride we had on the water with fish that amaze, impress, and inspire us:

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Crack Down on Deadbeat Dams

From Patagonia:   Join us in calling on President Obama to crack down on deadbeat dams, beginning with four especially harmful, federally operated dams on the lower Snake River in southeastern Washington: Ice Harbor Dam, Lower Monumental Dam, Little Goose Dam and Lower Granite Dam.
This petition was created in conjunction with the documentary film DamNation, and supporting partners Patagonia and Save Our Wild Salmon. Please visit to learn more.  
Sign the Petition HERE.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

One Very Good Reason Why The Pebble Mine is A Very Bad Idea

Last week for public commentary open.  Please weigh in, it only takes a minute:

1.    Donate online by clicking here. Your support ensures that we have the staff resources and materials to mobilize as many Americans to support the EPA’s proposed protections as possible. In addition, every dollar you donate will be doubled. Please give today.

2.    Comment to the EPA by clicking here. Tell them you support their proposal and urge the agency to rapidly finalize Bristol Bay protections.

The science, Alaskans and anglers across the country all agree: Pebble mine is a risk we cannot afford to take. We need your help to keep the momentum to protect Bristol Bay strong: donate if you can, and take action.  Comment period ends Sept 19.