There is a place in Alaska called Bristol Bay, it is a pristine landscape laced with fish-rich rivers and waterways. This area is threatened by the development of the worlds largest strip mining complex. The waste by-products of this operation will destroy this eco-system if implemented. To make matters worse- the companies are not even from the U.S. and they will be given public lands as part of the deal. I have never been to Alaska or Bristol Bay, however this is an issue that I have been studying. I have determined that as a Fly-fisherman and outdoors-man that this is something that I need to take a stand against. The bottom line is this: If the project moves forward the fishery will be altered forever, it will never, ever recover to it's pristine state. If it's lost, it is predicted that it will be lost for good- we have to ask ourselves what is this gold mine really worth?
To learn more; log on to www.savebristolbay.org, this is a great website with a lot of useful tools and information. Also check out www.feltsoulmedia.com, they have created a film called Red Gold which will be released in May. The trailer is available on the web-site and has already won awards.