(Photo by Chris Miller)
by Ted Williams
Fly, Rod & Reel, Autumn 2014
If you thought the proposed Pebble Mine in the Bristol Bay area was the most rash and reckless development scheme ever to threaten Alaska’s fish and wildlife, you’d have been wrong. Five enormous hard-rock mines are proposed... [ READ MORE... ]
This week’s news that the U.S. Forest Service has issued a contract for a large old-growth timber sale on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest is disappointing to a wide range of Americans, including sport and commercial fishermen, hunters, tourism operators and visitors to... [ READ MORE... ]
By Dominick A. DellaSala
Like many who care about Alaska’s economy and its world-class rainforests, I witnessed the recent news coverage on the Big Thorne timber sale as the latest boxing match over old growth logging. Each prizefighter staked out familiar ground — conservationists sued over old... [ READ MORE... ]
A Yellowstone cutthroat trout from Idaho's South Fork of the Snake River.
This week, the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund turns 50. Wouldn't it be nice if Congress, in celebration of this vital piece of legislation, desposited the full $900 million into the fund for only the second time... [ READ MORE... ]
By Austin Williams
After pledging in 2010 to bring about an end to old-growth logging on the Tongass National Forest, the U.S. Forest Service has failed to find first gear, and may have ground the shifter into reverse. Last week, despite staunch public opposition, the Forest Service approved the... [ READ MORE... ]
This is the third and final installment in a series of posts detailing the connection between the failed tailings dam at the Mount Polley Mine in British Columbia and the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay and the planned transboundary mines in western B.C. You can read the first installment here... [ READ MORE... ]
The Taku River, southeast Alaska's greatest sockeye salmon stream, runs at the base of Taku Glacier southeast of Juneau.
Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series about how the Mount Polley mine dam disaster could have devastating impacts on salmon in Alaska if proposed mines are... [ READ MORE... ]
Image: Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre
Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part series. Coming next, why the Mount Polley disaster could repeated in the transboundary region of British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. The second installment is available here.
One... [ READ MORE... ]
A huge gold and copper mine, proposed for northwest British Columbia just 19 miles from Alaska, moved a step closer to becoming a reality this week.
Fishermen, tourism operators and tribes in Alaska, meanwhile, are raising red flags about the project and its potential to contaminate downstream... [ READ MORE... ]
Jim Furnish, a former top U.S. Forest Service official, has a strong message for his former bosses – stop the ecologically-damaging and money-losing practice of old-growth logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest and do it now.
In an editorial published in the Juneau Empire this week, Furnish... [ READ MORE... ]