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25 Nov

April Vokey, BC’s Unique Steelhead Voice….

Author: Travis

April Vokey and some BC Steel

  British Columbia is world reknowned  for it's phenomenal sports fisheries.  In fact, northern British Columbia has been labelled by many as "the last great stand of wild steelhead".  Without a doubt, the face of this fishery for the past little while has been Patagonia angling ambassador, April Vokey. As an avid steelhead angler and columnist for Fly Fusion magazine, Vokey has been dubbed BC's unique steelhead voice.  Praised for speaking her mind about anything and everything, April's latest article for Fly Fusion magazine draws attention to Shell's proposed coal bed methan gas development in BC's Sacred Headwaters, the birth place of the Nass, Skeena and the Stikine. Known as the "Sergenti of Canada" Sacred Headwaters is home to an abundance of wildlife, including caribou, stone sheep, grizzly bears and wolves.  Two years ago (2010) Sacred Headwaters shared top spot with the Kettle River for BC's Most Endangered River. In 2011, due to inadequate action adressing pressing environmental concerns on the Kettle River, BC's Sacred Headwaters was dropped to second spot with the Kettle River taking over sole position of the number one spot, on BC's Most Endangered River's list. A dubious honor, that has never happened before in the list's eighteen year history. April Vokey is passionate about  issues facing her beloved fisheries whether it's the Chilliwack River, the Thompson River or BC's Sacred Headwaters. SoI decided to contact her and see if she would be interested in finding out more about the situation facing the Kettle River and appearing in Spring Creek: Ranchers, Anglers, Water and Trout.  April  called my yesterday saying she is more than happy to take part, adding “The dilemma of the ranching industry’s involvement with trout-bearing streams is one that is almost always certain to cause a late night squall at the table.  Every year I see more fisheries throughout the USA & Canada that are affected by this debate, and I am increasingly astounded by what I am learning.I’m looking forward to being involved in the making of this educational piece by Travis Lowe and hope that I will finally be able to hear the truth from both “sides” before ultimately facing a decision, and then following my heart to make a difference.” More Later T>

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