Washington, D.C. – Eighteen of the top sportsmen's groups in the United States penned a letter to leading appropriators in Congress supporting the swift completion of the EPA's process to protect Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine development. Signed by the Dallas Safari Club, Boone and Crockett Club, National Wild Turkey Federation, Wildlife Forever, and others, the letter is addressed to Senators Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Representatives Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Nita Lowey (D-NY)—the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees. The letter makes it abundantly clear that men and women who hunt and fish care deeply about protecting Bristol Bay.
"Sportsmen and women in Alaska and across the U.S. have rallied to the defense of Bristol Bay, a world-class hunting and fishing destination with some of the best habitat for brown bears, moose, caribou, and salmon in the country," says Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. "The residents and business owners of Alaska have waited more than a decade for resolution of this issue, and the process must be concluded quickly. That is why we urge Congress to let the process continue."
From the letter:
Our members nationwide and in Alaska have called on us to protect this sport-fishing and hunting destination that is unrivaled in America and perhaps the world, for this and future generations of sportsmen and women… For these reasons, we ask that Congress allow the continuation of work by federal agencies with an interest and role in the future of Bristol Bay's tremendously productive lands and waters.
"The Pope and Young Club is proud to join other sportsmen's organizations to stand up for Bristol Bay," says Dr. John Frost, conservation chair for the Pope and Young Club. "I have personally hunted caribou, fished for trout and salmon, and flown over the country that would be affected by the Pebble Mine. As a result of my personal experience, I am opposed to the Pebble Mine. I believe that there is no way to guarantee long term safety for this unique environment with a large open storage of mine waste products."