Monica Zappa, a first-time Iditarod competitor, is battling tough trail conditions as she makes her way to the finish line in Nome. Zappa is dedicating her race toward raising awarness about the threats to Bristol Bay wild salmon from the proposed Pebble mine.
“Salmon are a key part of the Alaska lifestyle whether you eat them, catch them or feed them to your dogs. Salmon are what fuel my dog team and it’s what will take us, hopefully, all the way to Nome. I’m so inspired by the people of Bristol Bay who are fighting so diligently to protect their [ READ MORE... ]
Alaska is also comprised of mostly federal land, some 219,000,000 acres or almost 70 percent of its total land area. Many of these lands are iconic places like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Denali National Park and the Tongass National Forest—places well known as national treasures. What [ READ MORE... ]
The U.S. and the state of Alaska have spent several decades and millions upon millions of dollars to responsibly manage and conserve king salmon populations in Southeast Alaska, and will no doubt be spending millions more in the coming years in an attempt to gain a better understanding of the [ READ MORE... ]
Tongass: Land of Staggering Plenty Faces Challenges
Despite being a land of staggering plenty, Alaska's Southeast is facing a number of challenges. Proposals for new mining operations and hydroelectric dams are looming and the logging industry -- a spectacular and perpetual loser both environmentally and economically -- is looking to re-establish [ READ MORE... ]
Senator's Call for More Old-Growth Logging in Alaska's Tongass Out of Touch WIth Region's NeedsPosted in Conservation, Alaska-At-Large - 778, Alaska - 9AK, Southeast Alaska
Sen. Lisa Murkowski lambasted the head the U.S. Forest Service, Tom Tidwell, recently during an oversight hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Her chief complaint, as usual, is what she perceives as a lack of old-growth logging in the Tongass National Forest, Alaska’s 17- [ READ MORE... ]
Coho, pink and chum salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout, and Dolly Varden char are benefiting from a recently completed restoration project on the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska.
"Today I joined over 360 nationally recognized scientists who have signed a letter that not only commends EPA for its work on the Watershed Assessment, but also urges EPA to use its authority under the Clean Water Act to protect Bristol Bay."
Tongass recreational cabins offer opportunities for both residents and visitors to experience the beauty and solitude of America’s largest national forest and are a great base of operations for hiking, hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and other outdoor activities.
Silencing Alaskans Act: An Invitation for Abuse of Power
The bill invests far too much power in the commissioner of natural resources to allow developers a free hand on state lands without public notice of knowledge.