To date, the effort has contributed over $100 million to the environment.
When I first moved to Yellowstone Country in 1999, Craig's book (that he wrote with Clayton Molinero) was one of my first purchases, and I kept that copy in the glove compartment of my truck for years, until one day, during a sudden rainstorm at Cave Falls, the book just fell apart on me. Craig was key to me venturing into the Yellowstone backcountry, and I'm forever grateful for that education.
Craig lives near West Yellowstone, Mont., with his wife Jackie and stable of dogs. You can find him most any day at Blue Ribbon Flies in West, sharing information with anglers. He'll be the guy with the smile on his face.
Now... on with the questions:
1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Native trout rising to a mayfly or a caddis fly emergence on Yellowstone waters … a calm-clear day and not another soul on the river.
2. What is your greatest fear?
Specifically climate change and the fact that the environment is 19th on the peoples’ list of problems to deal with when it should be the top priority.
3. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Perhaps Teddy Roosevelt.
4. Which living person do you most admire?
Michael Finley, former superintendent of Yellowstone National Park who never ran from a fight to save our national parks from those who would use the parks for their personal gain and greed.
5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I have no patience
6. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
7. What is your favorite journey?
I'm on it, one of the original fun hogs of life.
8. On what occasion do you lie?
When it protects someone I love.
9. Which living person do you most despise?
Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.
10. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
''Unbelievable,'' and ''dead as a wedge.''
11. What is your greatest regret?
Not moving to Yellowstone Country sooner. I came when 29 years old and have been here now 33 years.
12. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My wife, Jackie.
13. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being co-founder of 1% for the Planet, total giving $100 million for conservation to date.
14. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
I'd like to think it may be a honey badger, fearing nothing, fighting for all that is right.
15. What is your most treasured possession?
My 3 dogs; Taz, Leksie and Finn.
16. Where would you like to live?
In Yellowstone Country, where I live.
17. Who are your favorite writers?
Nick Lyons, Kafka, Vince Marino, Carl Hiassen, Col. E.J. Harding and G.E.M. Skues.
18. Who are your heroes?
Those folks that stand up for the environment; those holding bake sales to raise money for environmental causes to protect; preserve and enhance wild places and wild things for all future generations; those taking on the polluters and plunderers that would steal a healthy life from our kids and grandkids and all things wild.
19. How would you like to die?
Knowing our world is safe from those that would steal and plunder wild places and wildlife, clean air and water from us in the name of progress.
20. What would your profession be if you couldn’t do what you do now?
Police officer, a former profession of mine.
BONUS QUESTION: If there is a Heaven, and you go to Heaven, what would God say to you upon your arrival?
Finally … someone from Montana!