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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Weekly Post, NO PEBBLE MINE Pictures From Ground Zero by Robert Glenn Ketchum (Posts #426+)

 NO PEBBLE MINE Pictures From Ground Zero by Robert Glenn Ketchum


Since 1998, I have been working to protect southeast Alaska, and the fishery of Bristol Bay. The fishery is an annually renewable, BILLION-dollar-a-year industry that employs thousands and thousands of workers in multiple states. 2021 provided the largest commercial salmon catch in history (64-million+). There is no intelligent reason to allow the proposed development of the Pebble mine to go forward and imperil these resources. The United Tribes of Bristol Bay, the United Fishermen of Alaska, Trout Unlimited, Trustees For Alaska, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, all oppose the development. Even Alaskan Senator, Lisa Murkowski, has stated her opposition. The momentum is building. Now is the time to SAY NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE permanently! 
~Robert Glenn Ketchum



Tuesday, November 30, 2021

NO PEBBLE MINE, Pictures from Ground Zero #481
NO PEBBLE MINE #481: 
Here the Ukak River is slowly undercutting an ash pinnacle as it wends its way toward Naknek Lake from the Valley of 10,000 Smokes. Perhaps you have noted in the last three posts that the river waters are quite clouded, and as you might imagine, that is because they are carrying so much sedimentation and ash. This ash has been so compressed over the last hundred years, that is now hard like rock, but still very susceptible to erosion, not only from the river, but also rain, and snowmelt. The volcano responsible for all of this, Novarupta, has been dormant since its eruption in 1912, but there are other volcanoes in the area that have erupted as recently as 1927. The “10,000 Smokes” no longer exist, however, as the fumarolic plumes of vapor dissipated in the 1950’s.

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Weekly Post: THE TONGASS: Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees (#100+) by Robert Glenn Ketchum

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees
by Robert Glenn Ketchum


In 1985, I began a 2-year commission to explore the Tongass rainforest, the largest forest in the United States Forest Service (USFS) system AND the largest temperate rainforest in the world. It was a unique, old-growth environment under siege from industrial logging. The resulting investigative book I published helped to pass the Tongass Timber Reform Bill, protect 1,000,000 acres of old-growth, and create 11 new wilderness areas. This is the story of how that was achieved.
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Tuesday, November 30, 2021

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #275
Tongass, #275:  
Although Bart is not very happy about this flight in a small plane, I am loving it. Our pilot is flying low staying beneath the cloud layer for the best visibility, and the overcast light makes for ideal conditions to be taking pictures. Hoonah Sound is fed by many rivers, and as we fly by, one after another reveals their verdant deltas. We occasionally see bear, and clearly, Chichagof Island is densely forested. We are flying down the north arm of the sound, and at the point it separates from the south arm, there is a large bay, where we can see our boat awaiting us. After smooth water landing we disembark, and are greeted by our host, and some more food. It is cold, and clammy, with a light rain on and off, but we go out in the skiff, and do a bit of exploring anyway. We will spend several days on this boat, as we work our way towards Tenakee Springs, but for tonight we remain at anchor in this bay, which offers a clear view of a river delta with a big meadow. As we sat on the back deck having “cocktails,” two HUGE grizzlies encountered each other in the meadow and began fighting. They stood on their hind legs and traded vicious punches and face slaps. Grizzlies have gigantic claws, and at one point, one of them raked those claws down the chest of the other. We were all watching through binoculars, and when we saw that, Bart dryly commented, “Boy, I bet that hurt.” Just another entertaining night in the Tongass rainforest.

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Monday, November 29, 2021

Weekly Post, High and Wild: Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers (#101+)

High and Wild: Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



After receiving my MFA from CalArts, I was invited by Bill Lund, Sharon Disney’s husband, to come stay at the families' Diamond-D Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming. Bill thought I might like to photograph in the nearby Wind River Mountains, which I did, backpacking through them extensively over the next three summers. Welcome to a world of big granite walls and huge alpine lakes!
~Robert Glenn Ketchum



Monday, November 29, 2021

High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #224 
Wind Rivers, #224:  
On our first morning in Pinedale, I plan some “indoctrination” fun for my kids. Jus outside of town lies the VERY large Fremont Lake which extends twelve miles back into the Wind River Range. Be sure to click the link to understand the perspective. The lake is a popular destination for swimming, fishing, sailing, and motoring about, which is what I plan for us to do. It also hosts a lodge, and the Lakeside Restaurant, so we go there for breakfast to let the day warm up a bit, and then we visit the lodge, where we can rent a power barge. I say “barge” because this is NOT a speed boat, but rather a platform on big pontoons, that hosts a bow deck, a back deck, and a canopy shaded bridge. Still it has decent speed, and standing on the bow deck, Lili, and Talja, are enjoying the ride. (Lili is telling me she wants to drive, but that is not happening.)

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Weekly Post, GREENLAND, LABRADOR, and BAFFIN ISLAND: A Climate Change Research Expedition in the North Atlantic

GREENLAND, LABRADOR, and BAFFIN ISLAND:  A Climate Change Research Expedition in the North Atlantic by Robert Glenn Ketchum


 
In 2006, I was invited to participate in a Zegrahm expedition sponsored by the Harvard Museum of Natural History, The Nature Conservancy, and the World Wildlife Fund. I was to lecture aboard the ship, and to participate onshore, when visiting Inuit communities to discuss the effects of climate change on their lives. The trip would travel along the coast of southeastern Greenland, crossing the Labrador Sea, to the northwest coast of Labrador, and the southwest coast of Baffin Island.
~Robert Glenn Ketchum



Monday, November 29, 2021

GREENLAND, LABRADOR, and BAFFIN ISLAND:  A Climate Change Research Expedition in the North Atlantic, #60
GLB #60:  
The cloud layers in this sunset get increasingly more dense as the night wears on, but it does not diminish the remarkable show. There is A LOT of oohing and awing going on, and a good bit of alcoholic mooing, as well. A breeze has sprung up that is quite chill, so one by one, people return to the warmth of the salon, but as usual, I layer-up, and stay, watching the amazing sky to the bitter end. A good night is had by all, and when we awake in the morning, we will have anchored off of the Button Islands, which we intend to explore by Zodiac after breakfast.

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