There is a misconception that public lands are found only in the vast expanses of the American West. Thoughts of public lands conjure to mind visions of a verdant Yellowstone National Park or an awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. Trout Unlimited's "30 Great American Places" campaign highlights some of the public land found throughout New England, Appalachia, the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, and the High Plains. Some of the locations depicted are famous, others are hidden gems- what ties them all together is that each is located on public lands and offers amazing angling opportunities (in addition to camping, hiking, backpacking, and hunting).
The TU campaign comes in a year when public lands-the great American Legacy- has come under assault. The campaign highlights our shared hunting and fishing heritage, a heritage bound by our shared legacy.
Take a peak and see what the "30 Great American Places" has in store. A superb example is the White Mountain National Forest where I was first introduced to New England brook trout in their native habitat. Of course, I knew brook trout from the mountain streams of Wyoming, but it was beneath the sweeping boughs of oak, birch, and maple trees that I was able to play them in their native habitat for the first time... a world away from my Wyoming mountains.
Want to learn more about the trout that are a part of your great American Legacy? Then check out Wyoming Mountains & Home-waters: Family Fly Fishing, and Conservation,which is set almost entirely on public lands (including in New England!).
This blog was posted on the original Conservation Angler blogger page on 10/9/2017 and has been slightly updated for posting here.
Until next time,