American Rivers working with American Museum of Fly Fishing
As part of our fishing initiative supporting our work that improves fish habitat, American Rivers has been working with the American Museum of Fly Fishing (AMFF) in Manchester, Vermont. The museum is a wonderful resource for those who appreciate the history and joys of fly fishing, with exhibits and resources documenting the evolution of fly fishing here in the States.
In recent years, they have incorporated the history of America’s river conservation movement into their mission, and American Rivers is the first river conservation organization they are working with. Our 40 year history will be featured in the museum’s upcoming summer edition of their quarterly journal, The American Fly Fisher, and we are hoping to participate in a future exhibit on the history of the river conservation movement.
At a recent AMFF meeting, Steve White, who runs American Rivers’ Anglers Fund, presented on the following topics:
- How American Rivers got its start, based on the threats our rivers were facing 40 years ago (pollution and dams being built on many of our major river systems)
- How many of those threats are still endangering our rivers and our fishing today (pollution from mining, development and drilling; outdated or proposed new dams; and poor hydro operations)
- What we are doing to protect and restore vital fish habitat through dam removals, hydro reform, blue trails, Wild and Scenic designations, America’s Most Endangered Rivers, and National River Cleanup.
If you find yourself near Manchester this summer, please check out the museum en route to fishing the Battenkill, one of our nation’s fishing treasures. In fact, we are working to support the removal of the Dufresne Dam on the Battenkill in the coming months right in Manchester.
And for anglers who recognize the importance and history of healthy rivers and want to support them, please join the Anglers Fund at www.AmericanRivers.org/AnglersFund.