Thursday, March 7, 2013


Last summer I spent time in Yellowstone National Park with Trout Unlimited, the National Park Service, Simms and the Yellowstone Park Foundation on their blogger tour. The purpose of the trip was to see first hand the recovery efforts of native trout in the park.

The restoration of native trout in the park is an amazing story. The erradication of lake trout in Yellowstone Lake is at the center of the Yellowstone Cutthroat restoration. While the restoration is a partnership among a group of organizations there are some extraordinary individuals who are making this happen.

The one individual who is most responsible for the momentum of these efforts is David Sweet, a Wyoming Trout Unlimited member. If not for David the telemetry work in Yellowstone Lake, the collaboration of the many partners in the program and the netting of 300,000 lake trout in the past summer would not have been nearly as successful as it has been.

David has been recognized in the past for his work in Yellowstone. In 2011 he received Trout Unlimited's Distinguished Service Award. This month he has been recognized as a Hero of Conservation by Field and Stream Magazine.

Like most important things in life, real progress is made because of the passion and drive of a single person. Dave is one of those people.

Congratulations, Dave!

David Sweet on Yellowstone Lake

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