Community And Alaska Native Leaders Travel To Juneau, Call For Better Salmon Hab

Tim and Mary Wonhola from New Stuyahok, AK, with Alaska Speaker of the House Rep. Bryce Edgmon. The Wonhola's are among the Alaskan Tribal Leaders and community memebers asking for salmon habitat development legislation updates.

Alaskan Community leaders urging legislators to pass House Bill 199, 'The Wild Salmon Legacy Act'.

Community leaders from around the state of Alaska visited with legislators last week urging them to pass House Bill 199, “The Wild Salmon Legacy Act.”

The bill would update Alaska’s law governing the development of salmon habitats and would also encourage responsible salmon habitat development. Earlier that week, a separate group of community leaders provided testimony against Pebble Mine in a legislative hearing, citing the harmful impacts the mine would have on wild salmon.

The bill was introduced by Fisheries Committee Chair Rep. Louise Stutes (R – Kodiak) at the request of the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

The conversations with legislators highlighted an issue that has become one of the top priorities for Alaskans during this year’s legislative session.

“Wild salmon are everything to me, to my family and to my community,” said Thomas Tilden, First Chief of the Curyung Tribal Council.- in a press release. “We are not saying no development, what we want is development done responsibly. We are asking for an update to a 60-year-old law that has not been adjusted since statehood.”

Community leaders traveling to Juneau in favor of House Bill 199 included Tom Tilden from Nunamta Aulukestai in Dillingham; Tim and Mary Wonhola, New Stuyahok Elders; Mike Friccero, a Kodiak and Bristol Bay commercial fisherman; former State Senate President and backcountry guide Rick Halford from Chugiak and Aleknagik; and Jasmin Ieremia, a Petersburg teen advocate who commercial fishes with her family and other community leaders from Talkeetna, Anchorage, Sitka and Homer.

Tens of thousands of Alaskans from across the state have voiced support for improving salmon habitat protections, an issue that unifies all users – from urban anglers to rural subsistence communities to commercial fishermen.

About Stand for Salmon

Stand for Salmon is a diverse group of Alaska-based individuals, businesses, and organizations united in taking immediate steps to ensure that Alaska remains the nation’s salmon state for generations to come. Learn more at www.standforsalmon.org.

Comments (1)
No. 1-1
Ragespoet
Ragespoet

There is a lot of useful information. In my student years, I considered options for my future profession, starting from the possibility of frequent travels. As a result, I became an engineer, and I'm glad that I have https://planetofhotels.com/en/. With this booking service, you don’t have to be a diplomat or a journalist to travel constantly



Indian Country Today
EditorIndian Country Today
New Comment
1
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
New Comment
3
Vincent Schilling
Associate EditorVincent Schilling
Aliyah Chavez
Reporter, ProducerAliyah Chavez
New Comment
1
Aliyah Chavez
Reporter, ProducerAliyah Chavez
1