Austin Williams

  • Unique partnership spurs effort to restore Alaskan salmon stream

    Resurrection Creek, on the north end of the Kenai Peninsula near the community of Hope, still shows scars from placer mining that occurred more than 100 years ago

    By Austin Williams  Many anglers think of Alaska as pristine and untouched, and, while much of it is, it also has a long and rich history of resource development that contributes to the culture, character and camaraderie still present at the core of many Alaska communities.    More than a century ago, salmon canneries and fish…

  • Conservation

    Tongass Roadless Rule repeal makes no sense

    By Austin Williams This week, the U.S. Forest Service announced it is exempting the Tongass National Forest from the Roadless Rule, and in the process removing protections for more than 9 million acres of the nation’s top salmon-producing forest.  This is the latest effort by politicians catering to a failing old-growth logging industry that refuses…

  • Conservation

    Cruise the Tongass for conservation

    Spring is coming early in Alaska this year. The sun is out (most days), the snow is quickly melting, and our nearby streams are starting to gain flow. Before long, the first salmon will arrive and the annual summer frenzy will be at full steam. For those hearty enough that know where to go, some…