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TU scientist discusses climate change on show

Jack Williams, Ph.D., senior scientist for Trout Unlimited, talked about TU’s national Climate Change Committee on the Oct. 30 episode of “Yankee Fisherman,” hosted by Nutmeg TU member John Kovach, on hanradio.com.

Williams discussed TU’s position on climate change and the work of its committee.

Williams also serves on the Board of Directors of the Western Rivers Conservancy. Prior to his current position with Trout Unlimited, he was a Professor at Southern Oregon University, Forest Supervisor of the Rogue River and Siskiyou National Forests in Oregon, and Deputy Forest Supervisor of the Boise National Forest in Idaho. He also taught at the University of California-Davis and has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management, including serving as the BLM’s National Fisheries Program Manager, and the Science Advisor to the BLM Director in Washington, D.C.

His education includes a BS in Wildlife Biology from Arizona State University, a MS in Biology from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, and a PhD in Fisheries Science from Oregon State University. If not fishing with family and friends, he is with his springer spaniels.

Also on the show is David Deen, river steward for the Connecticut River Watershed Councill.

Deen spent 28 years as an Orvis-endorsed guide in Vermont and a licensed guide in New Hampshire. He operated his own business called Strictly Trout, but fished for anything he could catch with a fly rod, including shad, stripers and smallmouth and largemouth bass in the watershed. He has been river steward for the upper valley in Vermont and New Hampshire for 16 years working with the Connecticut River Watershed Council.

Kovach hosts Yankee Fisherman, a look at fishing and conservation related topics with a focus on the Northeast, Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. Archives of all prior shows can be heard on hanradio.com