In southwest Alaska, rivers, lakes, and wetlands combine to provide some of the best wild salmon habitats on earth. An hour-and-a-half flight from Anchorage, the Bristol Bay watershed, is nestled between two national parks (Katmai and Lake Clark), and the nation's largest state park. The area hosts three active volcanoes and Lake Iliamna, the 8th largest lake in the United States. Bristol Bay and its watershed are famous for their beauty and bounty of fish and wildlife. With wild salmon runs disappearing from the planet, Bristol Bay is a place of international importance because of the salmon runs and the economies they support. All of this is risked by the Pebble mine and large-scale hard rock mining on adjacent public land. If built, Pebble would be the largest mine in North America. Here are four reasons why it should be protected: A wild salmon powerhouse, Alaska's native culture, American jobs, and Alaska's world-class recreational fishing, which has a direct impact on its economy. To add your voice in the fight against the Pebble mine project, please go to www.savebristolbay.org.
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