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Wet Fly Swing Fly Fishing Podcast


Aug 25, 2023

Show Notes:  https://wetflyswing.com/493

Presented By: Smitty's Fly BoxTogens Fly ShopAngler's Coffee, Mavrk Fly Fishing

Alex Czayka is here with us today to give us a glimpse into Western Reserve Land Conservancy. We find out how Alex's journey into fly fishing and his passion for the outdoors led him to a career in conservation.

Tune in to learn about conservation challenges, significant projects, and the vibrant hunting and fishing culture in Ohio.

Show Notes with Alex Czayka

02:30 - Alex's venture into fly fishing took root during his late teens in Northeast Ohio, where his background in hunting and fishing farm ponds evolved into a passion for fly fishing, thanks to the influence of his brother.

04:00 - Alex's journey into conservation started with a biology degree at Kent State for his undergraduate studies, followed by obtaining a Master of Science in Wetland Ecology from SUNY Brockport. His love for the outdoors and desire to turn his passion into a career led him to roles at Nature Conservancy and Western Reserve Land Conservancy.

06:23 - We hear the distinctions between Alex's experiences at Nature Conservancy and Western Reserve Land Conservancy.

08:29 - We hear the story of the Cuyahoga River, famously known for catching fire, which tarnished Cleveland's reputation and led to the implementation of significant environmental regulations.

10:27 - Alex discusses the major challenges in natural resource conservation that we are currently facing. Additionally, he also provides insights into the work that they do.

21:00 - Alex tells us about some of the projects they have been involved in. He highlights a recent partnership with Lake Metroparks, focusing on acquiring and protecting property at risk of being heavily forested.

26:37 - Alex discusses their conservation efforts targeting specific species, such as the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake.

32:18 - The Western Reserve Land Conservancy, with over 50 employees, stands as one of the largest land trusts in the United States.

43:30 - According to Alex, Ohio boasts a robust hunting and fishing culture, with Lake Erie notably yielding an impressive stock of walleye.

44:40 - The significance of steelhead was also highlighted in our recent episode with Dan Pribanic of Chagrin River Outfitters, who mentioned their importance for local businesses like his shop.

51:12 - Alex is a big fan of the MeatEater Podcast.

Show Notes:  https://wetflyswing.com/493