March 16, 2016 Newsletter
Hope that your winter is coming to a good close. Spring is just around the corner. In this edition of the SAA news, you’ll find updates on Bristol Bay/Pebble Mine (and the presidential candidates?), and the Transboundary mining threat, as well as some general tidbits and videos about enjoying the wonders of the Great Land. You can always see a comprehensive collection of news items on the Latest News page.
IT’s BACK! Return of the SAA Online Fundraising Auction
Thanks to the generosity of many solid partners, SAA’s online fundraising auction has returned to eBay. See all the live listings and bid things up! Gear…artwork…fishing trips. Great deals for a great cause. Items currently available from G. Loomis, Sage, Nautilus, Vortex, Bob White, Josh Udesen, Derek DeYoung, Painter Creek Lodge, and the Alagnak Lodge. More items to come, so keep checking back.
Bristol Bay: Sporting Interests ask Presidential Candidates “Where do you stand?”
The reality is a decision from the federal government on whether or not Bristol Bay will be protected from the proposed Pebble Mine will be inherited by the next occupant of the White House. The sport hunting and angling community has fought for Bristol Bay for nearly 10 years, and will not let up until the job is finished.
- Over 40 leading hunting & angling groups and businesses issued a letter asking the field of presidential candidates “Where do you stand on the Pebble Mine?” Coverage in the Alaska Dispatch News, KTUU, and the Field & Stream Fly Talk blog (with copy of letter).
- The fishing blog Gink & Gasoline ran a story warning that the Pebble Mine fight is not over.
- The Switchboard blog discusses the Alaska legislature hosting the Cohen Group, who was hired by the Pebble Limited Partnership, to address Pebble’s ongoing struggles with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Transboundary Mining Threat
A commercial fishing group leader from Southeast Alaska wrote an opinion editorial in the Juneau Empire, urging Alaskans and their leaders to call on Secretary of State John Kerry to engage the government of Canada over risks to salmon-producing rivers in Southeast from mining development in British Columbia.
Click here to visit Salmon Beyond Borders.
Miscellaneous Fun Items
- Here’s a trailer to a steelhead film from Alaska - Oath to the Iron
- While not Alaska-specific, you need to check out The Reason Why
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.
(If you have any questions on how to donate, email Scott@SportsmansAlliance4AK.org.)
Do You Shop Online? Doesn’t Nearly Everyone These Days?
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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.
Director – Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska