Letter from director of Sportsmans's Alliance for Alaska

Dear OWAA members,
If you attended last year’s conference in Alaska, you had the chance to learn firsthand from two experts about the proposed Pebble Mine project. In the words of former Alaska state senator Rick Halford, this controversial proposal to develop what would be the largest open-pit mine in North America in the headwaters of the most productive wild salmon fishery on the planet will be the conservation “battle of the 21st century in Alaska.”
This is truly a line in the sand moment, and the hunting and angling communities have been proud to stand with the commercial fishing industry and Alaska Native residents of the Bristol Bay region in an unprecedented alliance and show of force.
Please see this edition of the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska newsletter for major updates on the campaign to protect Bristol Bay.
Your ability as communicators and conduits to outdoor lovers everywhere can serve as a powerful tool to spread the word about this critically important issue. All I can ask is that you put this information in front of your readers, listeners, and viewers in some manner. In my experience the typical reaction of people when they learn about the proposed Pebble Mine is that they cannot believe it is real. Once convinced of the reality, they typically wish to know how they can help protect the incredible place that is Bristol Bay.
Thank you for your consideration of this important request. Should you have any comments or questions, do not hesitate to contact me.
Scott Hed

Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska
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