NO PEBBLE MINE Pictures from Ground Zero
by Robert Glenn Ketchum
Since 1998, I have been working to protect the spectacular resources of southwest Alaska and the fishery of Bristol Bay. Two Aperture books, a national traveling exhibition, a massive coalition of concerned users, and a lot of personal lobbying, had it looking like we were almost there. Then Donald Trump took office claiming he would always put America, and American jobs first. SO WHY destroy a BILLION-dollar-a-year, RENEWABLE salmon fishery and over 100,000 jobs for a group of international mineral speculators that will leave us with a Superfund site to clean up, and NO fishery left edible? And yet, he did,..so please, keep saying NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE!
~Robert Glenn Ketchum
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
NO PEBBLE MINE #310: Nearly to the top of the Wood Mountains and out of Wood-Tikchik State Park, into Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, the terrain beneath the wing is in transition. The green thrash and tundra openings are giving way to rock and boulder scree. Caribou can be seen quite often, and bear are wandering high meadows, gorging on berries and carrion from winter-kill. This is a remarkable flight on a good weather day, but on a bad day it can be very unsettling. Winds in these high valleys come abruptly from differing directions, and when I was flying in the small SuperCub back in the park (posts #279-299), those gusts really surprised us and pushed us around. The last post offered some scale by pointing out a herd of caribou on a snowfield, so try this - do you see the waterfall in the lower third of this frame? How big is that?
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