To our friends at the American Fly Fishing Trade Association,
Thank you for your dedication to protecting Bristol Bay and for being such terrific partners in the fight to stop the Pebble Mine. For well over a decade, the fly fishing industry has remained steadfastly engaged in this critical conservation battle. But your commitment in 2019 has changed the game at a critical time. The Day for Bristol Bay event that you and your members organized raised more than $100,000 for our campaign, which will change the shape and trajectory of our work. Thank you.
We are entering a critical moment for our campaign. Presently, the US Army Corps of Engineers is engaged in a deeply flawed permitting process for Pebble Mine. They've chosen to fast-track the process and renege on their responsibility to fairly, carefully and accurately weigh the extreme risks of this terrible project.Our goal is to slow and/or halt this broken process which is based on faulty science and the false premise that large scale open pit mining will not harm Bristol Bay’s incomparable wild salmon runs and rainbow trout populations.
As we head into the next few critical months of the effort, the funding you have raised for our campaign will be crucial. We have waves of fishermen, guides, lodge owners and others who rely on the waters of Bristol Bay, heading back to Washington, DC to meet with lawmakers and other decision makers. Questions will continue to be raised regarding potential inappropriate activity surrounding the timing of information releases to manipulate Pebble’s stock price. We will be hiring technical experts from a wide array of disciplines to identify the flaws and gaps in the Army Corps environmental analysis and we are turning up the pressure on key lawmakers like Senator Lisa Murkowski. Having the resources that we need for paid television, digital and print ads to ensure she knows the consequences of her decisions on this issue makes a big difference for our campaign.
We know that AFFTA and the sportfishing community are critical partners in this fight. But the way your community stepped up to help our campaign in August was above and beyond anything we could have expected. Your past and ongoing support will make all the difference and help us ensure that future generations of fly fishermen will know Bristol Bay as we know it - one of the greatest fly fishing destinations in the world.
Thank you again for the time, support and generosity you have shown our campaign. Together we will win.
Alaska Heritage Campaign
Alaska Venture Fund
Vice President of Development and Communications
Wild Salmon Center
United Tribes of Bristol Bay
Native American Rights Fund
Western Director / Senior Attorney
Natural Resources Defense Council