The National Sporting Library will host a full-day symposium on the intersection between the history of fly fishing and the conservation of rivers. Historically, anglers have played a major role in controlling and protecting the resources essential to their sport - rivers and streams. Today’s conservation organizations such as Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Fly Fishers have helped to protect fly fishing rivers from numerous environmental threats, so much so that the Journal for Conservation Biology recently touted recreational anglers as essential to the future of fisheries conservation/restoration.
Speakers include authors James Prosek (“The Compleat Angler: A Connecticut Yankee Follows in the Footsteps of Walton,” “Fly Fishing the 41st Parallel,” etc.); (Hoagy B. Carmichael (“The Grand Cascapedia, a Salmon River of History”); and John Ross of Trout Unlimited (“Rivers of Restoration”); as well as environmental and angling historians, Dr. Bryon Borgelt and Dr. Samuel Snyder. Dr. Snyder, a John H. Daniels research fellow at the National Sporting Library, will moderate the symposium and panel discussion.
Advanced registration is required, and seating is limited to 100. There is a $75 registration fee ($50 for students). For more information, contact Elizabeth Tobey at 540-687-6542 x 11 or visit http://www.nsl.org/flyfishingsymposium.html.
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