paula_dobbyn's posts

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The biggest issue that remains regarding the roadless rule in my mind though is that although it’s generally a good thing for the Tongass, it could change with the next occupant of the White House.
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For many Alaskans, the tragedy highlighted faults and weaknesses in B.C.’s mine regulations and it underscored why, as the province ramps up large mine development in the transboundary region bordering Southeast Alaska, the U.S. State Department must act to enforce the Boundary Waters Treaty.
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TU and Salmon Beyond Borders stand with the many individuals and communities whose livelihoods and reliance on clean water and salmon were disrupted by the Mount Polley disaster.
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“We’re encouraged the committee recognized the importance of protecting our top salmon watersheds including the Tongass 77. Ultimately, a lot of work remains and it will be up to the Forest Service to adopt a plan that protects important intact watersheds while restoring those affected by past [ READ MORE... ]
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TU’s Transboundary Rivers campaign recently wrapped up a whirlwind trip to Seattle, Vancouver, and Williams Lake, British Columbia (B.C.) that included meetings with First Nations, non-governmental organizations working on mining reform, and with B.C. government officials.
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Over the past five years the Forest Service has repeatedly cut funding and staff for the very programs that generate the most money and jobs in southeast Alaska. Increasing funding for recreation programs is crucial to supporting tourism and fishing, which rely to such a large degree on a healthy [ READ MORE... ]
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“We think the pace of the Forest Service’s Tongass transition from old-growth logging to second-growth and other industries like fishing and tourism is moving too slowly. The real drivers of Southeast Alaska’s private-sector economy are seafood and visitor services. They are billion-dollar [ READ MORE... ]
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Sponsored in part by Trout Unlimited, Alaska Program, Xboundary should serve as a rallying cry to anyone who cares about wild salmon, trout, steelhead and the pristine Alaska habitat that supports them.
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“We cannot stand by and let a similar accident occur in waters draining into Southeast Alaska,” said Tim Bristol, director of Trout Unlimited in Alaska.
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"National Congress of American Indians strongly urges the United States to uphold its trust responsibility to American Indians and Alaska Natives and engage the Canadian government, through the International Joint Commission, to promote the health and well-being of the transboundary watersheds. [ READ MORE... ]
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