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Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska

November 12, 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to the latest edition of the SAA News. Hopefully you exercised your fundamental right to vote this month. No matter your affiliation, it’s important to participate. While a few of the results from Alaska are yet to be finalized, we’ll see how they will impact Alaska conservation efforts in the coming years. As for Alaska conservation news…The public comment period on EPA’s proposed commonsense restrictions on mining the Pebble deposit in the Bristol Bay region closed on September 19. Thanks to everyone who took action! Now we will await a decision from EPA on whether or not they will finalize their proposed restrictions, which (if they do proceed) possibly won’t happen until sometime in early 2015. There is also some news about the proposed Susitna Dam and some happenings in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. You can always check the Latest News page for a comprehensive collection of updates on issues of interest to anglers and hunters and the Last Frontier.

Bristol Bay: Massive Support Shown – Again – for EPA to Protect Bristol Bay!

Credit: Steffan Jones
Credit: Steffan Jones

The official comment period on EPA’s Clean Water Act section 404c Proposed Determination ended on September 19, and the results are again impressive. See a press release from Trout Unlimited that highlights the tremendous number of Alaskans that participated in the comment period. SitNews reports that the different groups in the Pebble Mine campaign are saying that over 625,000 Americans stood up for Bristol Bay during the recently concluded EPA public comment period.

Bristol Bay: Pebble’s Lawsuits against the EPA

Bristol Bay: Alaska Voters Approve Ballot Measure 4

The Hill reports on the success of Ballot Measure 4 in Alaska which will now require that the state legislature approve any large mining project in the Bristol Bay watershed. The measure passed with 65% of the vote. Think Progress and the Alaska Dispatch News also covered the result.

Tongass Tidbits – News from America’s Largest National Forest

Credit: Scott Hed
Credit: Scott Hed
  • America’s Salmon Forest did a three-part series on the growth industries of maritime, seafood, and tourism should drive decisions on management of the Tongass National Forest instead of the timber industry that once reigned over the region’s economy.
  • The Juneau Empire editorialized on the need to promote and pursue a sustainable timber industry in the Tongass National Forest instead of continuing to target the remaining old-growth areas.
  • Alaska Public News reports on a study that indicates that logging of second-growth timber in the Tongass National Forest could begin immediately and be fully operational in roughly 5 years – much sooner than the timeframe being pursued by the U.S. Forest Service.

Miscellany: Other Stuff Around Alaska

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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 online 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 include “SAA” and indicate what item you’d like to receive in the “comment” box on the donation page.

BONUS: All donations of $50 or more will receive a copy of Equilibrium on DVD by Castaway Films!

Trucker Hat
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Aquafly Box
$20 – DVD
$20 – Trucker Hat
$20 – Sockeye T-shirt
$20 – Aquafly Box


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$125 - “4-in-1 Alaska” by Derek DeYoung

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$125 - “Fab Four – Alaskan September” by Derek DeYoung

(If you have any questions on how to donate, e-mail

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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

Scott Hed named Angler of the Year by Fly Rod & Reel
SAA Director Scott Hed was recently recognized by Fly Rod & Reel magazine as their 2014 Angler of the Year.
See Scott’s response to this tremendous honor on the SAA home page, and read the article here.

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