On Feb. 23, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources released a public notice asking Alaskans to comment on whether water should be reserved in Middle Creek to protect wild salmon populations. This is one of the most important decisions in Alaska history for protecting wild salmon stocks. Middle Creek lies in the Chuitna River watershed in Upper Cook Inlet. An Outside corporation run by two Texas billionaires – PacRim Coal LLC – wants to drain all the water from Middle Creek so it can mine 300 feet down through salmon habitat and sell coal to China.
Science Management ● Salmon or Coal? ● Chuitna Film Screeneings ● Pick.Click.Give.
For me the recognizable footprints of a culture of over consumption that dot the American West is a reminder of the incredible opportunity that exists for the still wild last frontier. Recognizing our fortune to still have landscapes overwhelmingly dominated by pristine wilderness and healthy ecosystems, we have the chance to learn from the mistakes of others and do things right.
In October 2013, Inletkeeper learned the Director of ADFG’s Habitat Division – Randy Bates – had embarked on a radical new plan to re-write the plans governing Alaska’s 32 Special Habitat Areas – our critical habitat areas, fish and game refuges and wildlife sanctuaries.