Independence Day – 4th July

In the United States, Independence Day, or more commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on 4 July 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.descarga

During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry images (2)Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4.

Independence Day celebrations often take place outdoors as it is summer in the US. Families will often celebrate it by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue with family members, and they take advantage of the day off and when Independence Day falls on a Monday or Friday they take advantage of a long weekend to gather with relatives or friends. Parades are normally held in the morning, while fireworks displays occur in the evening at such places as parks, fairgrounds, near beaches and in town squares.images (1)

Independence Day in the United States is by far the most important national holiday of the year. While the fanfare is dwarfed by mega holidays like Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Independence Day is one of those days that the country and its people need, especially in complicated times such as the 21st century.

Commonly known as the Fourth of July or July 4th, Independence Day brings American people together in a way that not many other holidays can. As a celebration of the United States of America’s Declaration of Independence in 1776, Independence Day is recognized as a large birthday celebration for one of the world’s most influential countries.240px-Fourth_of_July_fireworks_behind_the_Washington_Monument,_1986

Overall, this is a day of patriotism and pride for the United States. It is a large birthday celebration which all Americans can enjoy. Positioned conveniently in the middle of summer vacation, the Fourth of July is very fun because of the fact that almost everyone has time to take off from work and reflect on the United States and its history. While much of the original events of the first July 4th have been lost over the years, the overreaching concept is still intact.

For Americans, this vitally important day is truly a day of celebration.

Let the fireworks begin!

Pablo Aguilo,

Pointer Flyfishing

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The Orvis Commitment

In the last years the amount and strenght of natural disasters and the rapidily human progress over unpopulated areas have bring about several problems to the rivers and natural habitat of fish, among other species. To confront this problem, Orvis launched an awe-inspiring campaign.

Orvis/TU 1,000 Miles Campaign: Reconnecting streams across the U.S., creating miles of spawning habitat and fishable water.tu

“I’ve fly fished the East Fork of the Nulhegan River for 10 years now and have an intimate knowledge of this beautiful little river, particularly the stretch near our hunting and fishing camp. Thanks to the excellent work in restoring habitat and new pools of opportunity, the brook trout population is burgeoning. After only one year of restoration work the improvement in fishing is remarkable. I’ve caught and released fish in seven of the newly created pools above our camp. Though small, the brookies are a healthy and active lot and no doubt will grow into a most productive resource. Where there was once little habitat at all, the new pools have already shown how quickly things can change when we put our hearts and minds (and money) to it.”
 – Frank Mills, Vermont

Help the Orvis-Trout Unlimited 1,000 Miles Campaign reach its goal to reconnect 1,000 miles of fishable streams by repairing or replacing poorly constructed culverts throughout the U.S. Culverts are significant impediments to fish passage and survival—just as orvissignificant as a major dam—but the solution is dramatically simpler. Many need to be removed or modified, the cost is minimal, and the overall impact to many watersheds is significant. Funds raised by the Orvis-TU 1,000 Miles Campaign will go toward the engineering and removing of culverts, with the goal of reconnecting over 1,000 miles of fishable habitat. Presently, there are projects that involve culvert improvement or removal on Indian Creek, WA, Otter Creek, UT and Moose Run, VT to name just a few.

In many rivers throughout the U.S., outdated and environmentally unsound culverts block fish passage, in essence creating a series of dams on small tributaries to larger rivers. These culverts negatively impact fish spawning, block fish passage into these tributaries, and take away miles upon miles of fishable water.013015_perkins

Indian Ford Creek had a major fish passage barrier removed in the summer of 2013.  Local scientists started to monitor how the fish population responded this past summer, but it was anglers who have captured our first positive results.  After hearing about the project, a Forest Service staff member decided to test the water above the project to see if our native redband trout have started to move up to use the new habitat for spawning or rearing.  He took his kids to explore their local creek, fished the creek above the project and caught several nice redband trout.  Since Indian Ford creek is being restored along with a major reintroduction of steelhead in the basin, the family is even more excited that a future fishing trip might include steelhead as they work their way up this important spawning tributary.”
– Nate Dachtler, Forest Service Biologist, Bend, ORgeorgecreekbefore

It is important to raise awareness about the damages that the flora and fauna of our world are suffering and to take action to tackle them. Following the steps of Orvis and getting involved in these campaigns is a really good way of giving something back to the world. These rivers are waiting for our help.

An example of the work: before and after hurricane Irene, and the reconstruction.

Pablo Aguiló

Pointer Outfitters