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Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska

July 12, 2016 Newsletter

Summer is upon us, and with it many folks are headed north to enjoy a vacation of a lifetime in Alaska. Or, maybe they’re returning to their favorite lodge for another epic adventure. Whatever you’ve got planned, I hope it’s a great adventure. SAA will be headed to the ICAST/IFTD fishing industry trade shows this week, followed immediately by the Outdoor Writers Association of America’s annual conference. I’m looking forward to seeing many friends and supporters at those events. In this edition of the SAA news, you’ll find updates on Bristol Bay/Pebble Mine, the Tongass National Forest, some good news on the Susitna Dam, as well as some general tidbits and videos about fishing and hunting on the northern frontier. You can always see a comprehensive collection of news items on the Latest News page. But we’ll start with an urgent opportunity…

ACTION ALERT: Timber Sale on Wrangell Island Fails to Protect Fish & Game Habitat

The Wrangell Island Sale, in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, will cut 65 million board feet of old-growth timber from 5,309 acres and construct 32 miles of new road.

It would be the largest old-growth timber sale offered since the controversial Big Thorne timber sale, cost taxpayers huge sums of money, and impact some of the most important fish and wildlife habitat on Wrangell Island.



Bristol Bay: Pebble’s Finances and Congressional Hearing

The Pebble Limited Partnership continues to spend millions of dollars on lawyers and lobbyists as it is basically on financial life support. Pebble is fighting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in court and is trying to get Congress to do its bidding by holding hearings about the agency’s work in Bristol Bay. This issue will be inherited by the next President of the United States – and we must continue pressing for EPA to finish the job once the court actions play out.

Tongass National Forest – Forest Plan Amendment Released

The U.S. Forest Service released the amended forest plan for the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska. The amended plan was met by praise from Trout Unlimited, which also pointed out several threats that the amended forest plan is facing in Congress before it can even be implemented.

Transboundary Mining Threat – Pressure Applied in Canada and USA

 Click map to visit Salmon Beyond Borders.

Win for Salmon on the Susitna River!


In the spirit of every cloud having a silver lining, the controversial mega-dam proposed for the Susitna River is a victim of Alaska’s budget crisis, as Governor Walker announced over $1 billion in vetoes per the Alaska Dispatch News.

More discussion at the Wild Salmon Center.

Other News from Around Alaska and Miscellaneous Fun Items

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

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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
Fishing for char in Bristol Bay.

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