Discover the confluence of fly fishing and conservation as Cory from the Wood River Land Trust shares his transformative journey from athlete to aquatic ecology ambassador. Hooked by his family’s legacy and the allure of steelhead on the Deschutes River, Cory’s tale weaves through the challenges of balancing wildlife habitat preservation with agricultural demands while spearheading river programs that go beyond the typical scope of land trusts. As we cast our conversation net, we reel in the complexities of the Big Wood River’s ecosystem, the tales of triploid fish, and the enchanting origins of the red-band trout.
Show Notes with Cory McCaffrey – Wood River Land Trust. Hit play below! 👇🏻
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Our episode’s current carries us further downstream into the collaborative efforts fueling projects like the Warm Springs Preserve Project, where community-driven initiatives underscore the importance of local engagement and the role it plays in revitalizing our natural landscapes. Cory’s insights into the symbiotic relationship of conservation, fishing, and community involvement ripple throughout our discussion, highlighting how individuals can turn their passion for recreation into a force for environmental advocacy and action. We also tackle the urgent need for restoration work and offer practical tips on supporting local species and habitats.
As we wrap up our riverside chat, Cory casts a line into the future, sharing the Wood River Land Trust’s exciting projects aimed at bolstering native fish populations. His contagious enthusiasm for the trust’s work is a clarion call for listeners to get involved and support the ongoing efforts to preserve our precious aquatic ecosystems. Whether you’re an angler or an advocate, there’s a role for everyone in the enduring effort to keep our rivers teeming with life. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how you can become a part of the conservation legacy—tune in and be inspired to make a splash in your local environment.
Episode Chapters – Wood River Land Trust
(0:00:05) – Fly Fishing and Conservation on Wood River
Nature’s conservation efforts, Euro nymphing clinic, and community involvement in environmental stewardship and land protection.
(0:15:02) – Fisheries and Restoration in Big Wood
Nature’s unique triploid fish, growth patterns, and environmental changes in the Big Wood River basin, including the Warm Springs Preserve Project.
(0:29:08) – Supporting Local Species and Conservation Efforts
Nature’s conservation can be supported through donations, advocacy, recreational activities, restoration work, and local fishing opportunities.
(0:35:25) – Exciting Projects for Native Fish
Nature’s conservation efforts for native fish populations discussed with Cory from Wood River Land Trust.
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Conclusion – Wood River Land Trust
In a captivating journey from athlete to aquatic ecology ambassador, Cory’s narrative weaves the worlds of fly fishing and conservation, highlighting the challenges of preserving wildlife habitats amidst agricultural demands. Beyond the typical scope of land trusts, Cory spearheads river programs, exploring the complexities of the Big Wood River’s ecosystem and the tales of triploid fish. As our conversation drifts downstream, the importance of local engagement in initiatives like the Warm Springs Preserve Project becomes evident. Cory’s insights underscore the symbiotic relationship of conservation, fishing, and community involvement, emphasizing how individual passion can drive environmental advocacy. The call for urgent restoration work is met with practical tips on supporting local species and habitats. As we conclude our riverside chat, Cory’s enthusiasm for Wood River Land Trust’s projects aimed at native fish populations serves as a clarion call for listener involvement in preserving precious aquatic ecosystems, inspiring all, whether angler or advocate, to play a role in keeping our rivers teeming with life.