TBC is currently taking action on numerous issues affecting the region, all of which fall into three general categories: forest conservation, wilderness protection, and fisheries management. Our priorities in 2016 are to:
- Significantly reduce the bycatch and waste of more than 9 million pounds of Pacific halibut and tens of thousands of individual King salmon that are killed and discarded annually by US-flagged trawlers targeting other species in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea;
- Defend the Tongass National Forest from proposed legislation and attacks on the Roadless Rule, and take legal and administrative action to prevent further industrial-scale logging that continues to erode the Tongass’s scenic values, wildlife habitat, species survival (especially the Alexander Archipelago wolf), fisheries stocks, and carbon-storage capacity;
- Challenge the Forest Service’s proposal to reduce guided public access to Wilderness Areas; and
- Pressure the government of British Columbia not to permit large-scale mining activities proposed for the headwaters of transboundary rivers because the mine tailings would pollute the rivers and contribute to unacceptable hazards for salmon and other fisheries in Alaska’s waters.
Learn more about our Alaska Conservation Program in our 2016 Conservation Report (PDF).