Fun in the Forests

The Great Steelhead Rescue

Sometimes the wilderness comes to you.

As a freshwater scientist for The Nature Conservancy, Jeff Opperman travels the globe working with people to help restore rivers and floodplains. But this past year something magical happened.

In the woods behind his suburban house in Ohio, a quiet creek came alive with watery beasts from the past. For the first time in decades, huge steelhead trout were wriggling up this small stream to spawn, to the astonishment of Jeff and his children.

Check out Jeff’s amazing and heartwarming story as shared in the latest Outside Magazine:


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