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Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska

July 17, 2012 Newsletter

Here’s to hoping that your summer is in full-swing! There’s a lot to cover this month. The EPA’s public comment period is set to close in two weeks. Some terrific television coverage about Bristol Bay is coming this month. Want to enjoy a delicious salmon dinner and help Bristol Bay? A looming monstrosity of a hydropower dam is being proposed in one of Alaska’s most popular recreational regions. Salmon restoration project and the controversial Sealaska lands bill advances in the Tongass. Project Healing Waters veterans fish Bristol Bay. All this, plus an incredible promotion from our friends at Abel Automatics, in the July SAA News!

Have You Weighed In with EPA?

Bristol Bay: EPA Draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment Comment Period Ends July 23rd

The EPA announced last week that the 60-day public comment period will conclude on July 23rd, so if you’ve not already done so…what are you waiting for? This is the chance we’ve been waiting for. For a few more weeks, people all over the country can help protect Bristol Bay by providing an official comment to the EPA. Take action – and send the link to everyone you feel would care about Bristol Bay’s incredible fish, game, economic, and cultural resources.

EPA Draft, Save Bristol Bay

EPA WEBINAR about the Draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment coming up:

You are welcome to attend a webinar for an overview of the draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment. This overview was presented at the public meetings held in Anchorage, Dillingham, Seattle and other Bristol Bay communities in June. This is a good opportunity if you were not able to attend a meeting, or if you are still drafting comments on the assessment.

Tuesday, July 17 (2:30 - 3:30 p.m. PDT)
Register to attend at:

Thursday, July 19 (2:30 - 3:30 p.m. PDT)
Register to attend at:

The draft watershed assessment and executive summary may be viewed on the EPA's official Bristol Bay web page.

on the draft watershed assessment before July 23rd.
Also, if you’re on Facebook, make sure to “like” Save Bristol Bay. With over 28,300 likes, how can you go wrong? Plus it’s a great way to share the message with your social network.

Trust me – there is a ton of coverage of the watershed assessment on the Latest News page. Here’s a brief sampling of highlights:

 Bristol Bay: National TV News Programs Covering the Battle of Mining vs. Salmon

This month, two nationally-televised news programs will give viewers across America a chance to see what’s at stake in Bristol Bay, as the region faces the threats posed by massive mining proposals. Find the channels for your area, and watch these programs.

Tell your friends, and set your DVR – the more people see these stories, the more supporters we will enlist!

Tongass National Forest: Sitkoh River Restoration Project

The Sitkoh River project is a partnership of the Forest Service, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Trout Unlimited and Sitka Conservation Society. The $318,000 project aims to restore a salmon-producing watershed that was adversely affected by past logging and road-building. Here’s some of the coverage the project received:

The Sitka Conservation Society has a good synopsis of the project and its goals.

Tongass NF


Visit the American Salmon Forest web site today. Learn about the Tongass 77 campaign, and sign on to support this proposed legislation to protect the best fish-producing watersheds on America’s largest national forest.

Tongass National Forest: House Advances Controversial Sealaska Lands Bill

While the bill is far less certain to advance in the Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a version of the Sealaska lands bill which would transfer ownership of nearly 65,000 acres of Tongass National Forest lands to the Sealaska Corporation. Learn more from:

Random Shots: News from Around Alaska (and Beyond)

Special Promotion from Abel Automatics to Benefit Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska

SAA friends, and supporters of the Bristol Bay campaign, Abel Automatics has produced a limited edition “No Pebble Mine” fly reel. In a new development you can get this special reel in four different sizes. Abel will produce limited edition reels in the newly re-designed Super 4N, Super 5N, Super 6N and Super 7/8N Large Arbor reels. The reels come in a specially anodized red color, symbolic of both the area’s sockeye or red salmon and the “No Pebble Mine” campaign. The collectors’ edition Bristol Bay Abel reel to benefit the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska is priced from $500 - 700. It is available directly from the factory or through authorized Abel Dealers today.

Abel Reel

Special Promotion from BobWhite Studio to Benefit Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska

SAA friend, talented artist, Bristol Bay guide, and all-around great guy Bob White has partnered with the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska to help stop the Pebble Mine.

Help stop the Pebble Mine, get an inspiring piece of artwork, and support SAA all at once!

BobWhite Studio will donate 25% of print sales to the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska to help stop the Pebble Mine. Check out Bob’s artistic talents, and take advantage of his generosity.

BobWhite Studio
“One Last Look – Midnight Grayling”

Other Ways to Support SAA and the Fight for Fishing and Hunting in Alaska

SAA is grateful for the generous support of individuals, businesses, and foundations. Your donations allow SAA to continue to work on efforts to protect prime fishing and hunting habitats in the Last Frontier for the benefit of current and future sportsmen and women. Make your donations online at the secure SAA donation page; all amounts are accepted and appreciated – SAA is a lean, mean, one-man operation but it takes funding to do this work. For donations of the following amounts, please indicate what item you’d like to receive in the “comment” box on the donation page.

Two Easy Online Shopping Portals to Support SAA

Pro Guide Direct
Shop for hunting, fishing, and outdoor gear at Pro Guide Direct, where 15% of your purchases support SAA’s work.
Turn your online shopping at over 1,000 stores into much-needed donations to support SAA’s work. A few percent on each sale adds up!

Thanks for caring about Alaska conservation. Your support and actions will ensure a future for Alaska’s fish and game and for coming generations of sportsmen and women to enjoy them.

Scott Hed
Director – Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska

St. Olaf, Spring 2012
Sportsman's Alliance for Alaska Director

Scott Hed was featured in the Spring
2012 edition of St. Olaf magazine.
Click image to read the article,

"Call of the Wild."

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