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Eric Booton

  • We are TU

    Meet Marian Giannulis, new Communications Director for TU’s Alaska Program

    Marian Giannulis is the new communications & engagement director for Trout Unlimited's Alaska Program. Marian will have the important task of overseeing external communications for TU's efforts in Alaska and we are confident that she is up for the job. Without further ado, meet Marian: TU Alaska: Where are you from?  MG: I was born and raised in Eagle River, Alaska and…

  • Restoration

    Alaska Federation of Natives endorses restoration of the Eklutna River

    Last week, the Alaska Federation of Natives the largest statewide organization or indigenous people in Alaska, endorsed efforts to restore the Eklutna River.  Traditionally known as Idlughetnu (Id-lug-het-nu), the Eklutna River and its wild salmon runs supported the Dena’ina (Eklutna peoples) for thousands of years. But, since the early 1900s, hydroelectric production on the river has severely limited the habitat for wild Eklutna River salmon. The significant blows contributing to the downfall…

  • Advocacy

    Alaskans: Be a voice for reserving water in rivers for fish

    In a world where salmon and steelhead continue to dwindle and disappear, Governor Dunleavy has proposed changes to Alaska’s water management regulations that head us in the exact wrong direction.  Alaskan anglers and business owners are witnessing and adapting to numerous stressors on our wild fisheries, including King salmon decline, unpredictable salmon returns, invasive species, water temperature increases, and more.  All of these are outside our control.    Fortunately, ensuring that water…

  • Advocacy

    Ten questions with Fish for the Future

    Fish for the Future is a two-guide team working to encourage all anglers to do their part to protect chinook salmon on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers.

    Alaska salmon. These words alone fill an angler’s mind with wild rivers seemingly overflowing with anadromous invaders bound upstream to spawn the next generation, and chrome fish bigger and spunkier than an elementary student amped on sugar and caffeine. Wild Pacific salmon runs are struggling or altogether missing throughout their historic ranges, and Chinook salmon…

  • Conservation

    ‘Return to Us’ is a good story told well

    If you need a pick-me-up, this is it. It is with great excitement that we share the short film, “Return to Us: Restoring Alaska’s Eklutna River,” with you. As of today, it is available free of charge online for all to enjoy. Return to Us chronicles the historic effort spearheaded by Eklutna, Inc. and The…

  • Voices from the river

    Grayling giggles on the Gulkana

    Her infectious grayling giggles mirrored the steady stream of top-water action so well that none of us had to look to know the story

    Arctic grayling from the Gulkana River.

    It took time, but I finally learned that you cannot wholly recreate a successful trip. My best advice? Don’t even try. Any attempt to do so immediately sets you up for disappointment and, in all honesty, undercuts the thrill of the trip. Every adventure is bound to be a little different, and wiser heads will nod as I add that this dash of uniqueness is part of the curiosity, and appeal, that…

  • Conservation

    Eklutna Watershed Family Field Trip & Scavenger Hunt

    Fall colors and plump berries are here. As we adjust to new school routines and chillier weather, we still want to prioritize time outside before the snow flies. While you and your family think through fall outings, we would like to encourage you to take a trip to the Eklutna River valley - a prime spot for blueberries and all the autumnal hues,…