Sportsmen Praise BLM Decision to Defer Oil and Gas Lease

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation PartnershipCRAIG, Colo. – By deferring an oil and gas lease in northwest Colorado that could have jeopardized native trout, the Bureau of Land Management has signaled a new day for energy development in sensitive fish and wildlife habitats, a sportsmen’s coalition announced today.

Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development was troubled by oil and gas development proposed for the 900-acre parcel due to its potential impacts on two populations of Colorado River cutthroat trout, a species of special concern in Colorado. The public land in the proposal, located 25 miles northeast of Craig, encompasses Cataract Creek and the Roaring Fork of Slater Creek. It was originally reviewed for leasing in 1991.

Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development is a coalition of more than 500 businesses, organizations and individuals dedicated to conserving irreplaceable habitats so future generations can hunt and fish on public lands. The coalition is led by the National Wildlife Federation, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and Trout Unlimited. [Read more…]

October Marks Alaska Wild Salmon Month in D.C.

Chef Todd Gray

Chef Todd Gray

Together with a diverse coalition of chefs, restaurateurs, commercial fishermen, anglers, hunters, lodge owners, outfitters, guides and Alaska Native leaders, Trout Unlimited has designated October as Alaska Wild Salmon Month to shine a spotlight on Alaska’s Bristol Bay wild salmon and the risks they face from the proposed Pebble mine, the world’s largest open-pit gold and copper mine in the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska.

As part of Alaska Wild Salmon Month, a number of prominent D.C.-area restaurants will feature Bristol Bay salmon on their menus throughout October, including Equinox, owned by culinary leader, Chef Todd Gray. Rated among the top restaurants in Washington, D.C., Equinox won the 2008 Restaurant Association Award for Best Fine Dining.

Bristol Bay sockeye salmon is truly superb. With wild salmon runs increasingly rare the world over,  this outstanding fish deserves full-scale protection from proposed mining in Bristol Bay, one of the largest and most productive salmon spawning areas left on the planet. Im honored to promote awareness of this wild salmon and the threat it faces, Gray said.

During the week of Oct. 19-23, Trout Unlimited will host several Bristol Bay wild salmon events in Washington, D.C. to celebrate Alaska Wild Salmon Month. These include meetings on Capitol Hill by a delegation of concerned Alaskans, a Bristol Bay wild salmon reception at the historic Stewart R. Mott House, and a screening of the award-winning documentary about Bristol Bay, Red Gold, followed by a panel discussion with Alaska Natives, policy makers and others at National Geographic headquarters.  Learn more at www.savebristolbay.org

Todd is a wonderful chef that provides an outstanding dining experience! My wife Amy and I LOVE to eat at Equinox.

I would like to see if Barton Seaver is involved in this conservation effort. Barton is a vibrant young and upcoming chef that preaches the sustainability mantra with serious conviction!

Bristol Bay Tribal Members Protest Pebble in London

A delegation of Alaska Native leaders from Bristol Bay flew to London in April to confront Anglo American executives and shareholders face-to-face with their concerns about the company’s massive Pebble mine project in southwest Alaska. The Alaska delegates told leaders of the London-based company, one of the world’s largest mining conglomerates that they have failed so far to grasp the depth and breadth of opposition to Pebble.

Trout Unlimited’s Alaska Program helped to organize and sponsor the trip.

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Chefs Back TU Campaign to Protect Bristol Bay Salmon

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Prominent West Coast chefs are supporting Trout Unlimited Alaska’s “Vote with Your Fork” campaign. The goal is to raise awareness among food lovers about the value of Bristol Bay wild salmon and the threats they face from the large-scale hard rock mining in the Bristol Bay watershed.

 

High-profile chef Alice Waters of Berkley, Calif.’s Chez Panisse restaurant has become an outspoken advocate for preserving Bristol Bay salmon from the risks of mining.

 

 “It’s our moral obligation to protect these fish and that means supporting this sustainable fishery by choosing Bristol Bay salmon,” said Johnson. “If we allow this Pebble mine to go in, the same thing that happened to us down here in California is going to happen in Alaska. The salmon won’t survive.”

 

A group of Seattle chefs has also recently weighed in. The board of Seattle Chefs Collaborative, a non-profit that works with chefs and others to foster a sustainable food supply, recently voted unanimously to support the efforts of Trout Unlimited to protect Bristol Bay’s salmon.

 

There are some great organizations that are fighting for the preservation of Bristol Bay. One would be the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska, directed by Scott Hed.

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I would like to see if Barton Seaver weighs in on this! Barton is a vibrant young chef that preaches the sustainability mantra with conviction!

 

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