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Passing of Nathaniel Reed

 NATHANIEL REED - Atlantic Salmon Conservationist and Angler, and Co-author of U.S. Endangered Species Act Has Died



Nathaniel "Nat" Reed was an environmental icon, a bastion of principle, and a passionate friend of the wild Atlantic salmon.


A Message from Bill Taylor, President of the Atlantic Salmon Federation


 It is with profound sadness that I share news of the passing of ASF's dear friend and Honorary Director of ASF (US) Nathaniel P. Reed. He was 84.


Nat had an accident the evening of July 3rd while fishing his beloved Grand Cascapedia River with long-time friends and Lorne Cottage guides Conrad and Bryce LeGouffe.  He had just released a 16-pound salmon at Mrs. Guestís Pool with Conrad and Bryce and was walking along the shore when he fell and hit his head. The wonderful staff of Lorne Cottage were able to get him to a Quebec City hospital the next morning where he received excellent care but could not recover.  Nat passed away peacefully  July 11th, surrounded by his family.


Nat had been an Honorary Director of ASF (US) for 7 years following 15 years as a very active and involved Director.  Nat served on various ASF (US) committees and provided sage advice and counsel on some critical salmon conservation, research and advocacy activities. For his tireless efforts on behalf of wild Atlantic salmon and ASF he received the Lee Wulff Award in 2008 and was honored at the New York dinner in 2013.


I received regular phone calls, emails and letters from Nat offering advice and inquiring about salmon runs, river conditions and fishing.  He was always steadfast in his support. He was passionate about wild Atlantic salmon, conserving them, fishing for them and most importantly the vital conservation work of ASF.  I have many fond memories of fishing with Nat on the Cascapedia, Moisie, Restigouche and Miramichi. He was great company on and off the river.


Nat began his career in the family real estate business in Jupiter Island, Florida. He had deep passion and concern for the natural world which steered him toward public life. 


He served six Florida governors and two presidents in numerous senior positions including Assistant Secretary of the US Department of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Nat made many significant contributions to conservation and the environment while in public service including co-authoring the Endangered Species Act.


He helped found 1000 Friends of Florida, serving both as president and chairman of the board. Along with ASF, Nat served on the boards of many environmental and conservation organizations, including Everglades Foundation, Natural Resources Defense Council, Yellowstone National Park and National Geographic Society.


Nat is survived by his loving wife Alita, their sons Nat Jr. and Adrian, and their daughter Lia, and five grandchildren. ASF has established a memorial fund in Nathanielís honor that will be dedicated to helping fund something he believed was critical to salmon conservation, the suspension of Greenlandís commercial salmon fishery. All gifts received in Natís honor will be dedicated to fulfilling ASFís financial obligation to this major conservation victory, one that Nat was so proud of and one that will help wild Atlantic salmon populations on his beloved Grande Cascapedia and other salmon rivers throughout eastern Canada and abroad.