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Anglers/Hunters ask Interior Department to Reopen Bristol Bay Management Plan – Keep Mining Prohibitions in Place

Posted on August 31 2009

Today, 275 hunting and fishing groups and outdoor businesses, representing millions of America’s conservationists and anglers, outfitters, guides, lodge owners and others have asked Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey to protect from mining 1.1 million acres of federal fish and wildlife habitat near Bristol Bay, Alaska.

A broad coalition of hunters, anglers, lodges, guides, outfitters, and sporting goods manufacturers representing millions of Americans, want Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to protect some 1.1 million acres of federal land in the Bristol Bay watershed by reversing a Bush Administration plan that recommended opening the area to mineral development.  275 signatories to a letter addressed to Salazar ask the secretary to direct his new Bureau of Land Management chief, Bob Abbey, to protect Bristol Bay’s rich fisheries and wildlife habitat by reworking the 2008 regional management plan for federal lands in the watershed and closing the area to mining. The BLM lands covered by the plan lie primarily downstream from state land where foreign developers hope to build one of the world’s largest open-pit gold and copper mines, a project known as the Pebble Mine.

See the press release and copy of the letter at www.SaveBristolBay.org.

Thanks for your continued interest in spreading the word about Bristol Bay!

Scott Hed
Director
Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska
(605) 336-6738 office
www.sportsmansalliance4ak.org

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