Welcome to the latest installment of the Wednesday Wake-Up Call, a roundup of the most pressing conservation issues important to anglers. Working with our friends at Trout Unlimited, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, The Everglades Foundation, Captains for Clean Water, Bullsugar.org, and Conservation Hawks (among others), we’ll make sure you’ve got the information you need to understand the issues and form solid opinions.
If you know of an important issue–whether it’s national or local–that anglers should be paying attention to, comment below, and we’ll check it out!
1. Everglades Foundation Launches Climate Change Site
The reasons for restoring the Everglades are myriad and will clearly benefit the health and well-being of fish, wildlife, and humans in the region. But as a new section of the Everglades Foundation website makes clear, there’s another important reason for restoring the flow of fresh water through the Everglades: to help slow climate change. The Everglades & Climate Change explains five ways in which restoration efforts will mitigate the effects of climate change:
- Supporting Our Economy
- Protecting Carbon Sequestration
- Safeguarding Drinking Water
- Providing Storm-Surge Resilience
- Aiding Species and Habitats in Adapting to Climate Change
It’s fascinating stuff, and I recommend you watch the video at the top of this page and then check out the new site.
For more coverage of Bristol Bay issues, check out these stories from around the Web:
- Restoring the Florida Everglades: Where things stand on Florida Trend.
- Into the Heart of the Everglades in Garden & Gun.
- Watch a Facebook Live about the Everglades and Pebble Mine, featuring Captains for Clean Water and Alaska Trout Unlimited
2. Alaska Business Owners Call on Governor to STOP Supporting Pebble Mine
As we’ve written about in recent weeks, Alaska Governor Steve Dunleavy just can’t quit Pebble Mine, apparently. Despite the fact that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied Pebble’s permit back in November, Dunleavy continues to push the Corps to re-evaluate its decision and change its course. Now 40 business owners in the state–including several fishingsifu-endorsed lodges–have sent the governor a letter asking him to stop trying to overturn a decision that was based on thousands of pages of studies and thousands of hours of testimony.