Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Wildlife Forever Sells Bridge to Somewhere
Brooklyn Center, MN - Through a collaborative project with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Afognak Native Corporation (ANC) of Kodiak Alaska, Wildlife Forever sold for $1, a portable aluminum bridge to help fish and wildlife. Benefiting salmon, Kodiak brown bears, and Roosevelt Elk, the portable bridge protects salmon streams from ATV crossing, and limits illegal trespass and poaching of big game. This is just one of many successful conservation projects Wildlife Forever has worked on in Alaska, committing over $1 million in the past 25 years.
"Salmon runs are not happening like they once did. If we don't protect and create good spawning habitat now, we're going to lose more than just fish; the Alaskan culture is at stake", said Douglas Grann, President and CEO of Wildlife Forever. "Ensuring healthy populations of fish and game is critical for our future. Partnering with agencies like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and native organizations we have created a conservation legacy that connects sustainable forestry with fish and wildlife management".
The aluminum portable stream crossing structure, designed by HDR Engineering, is another tool forestry managers can utilize in sensitive and remote areas to limit disturbance and intrusion on fish and wildlife.
"This bridge creates access for tree planting and wildlife monitoring. The low impact approach allows fish to migrate with fewer obstruction and creates a more sustainable crossing. Working hand in hand with land managers committed to conservation; we're proud to continue the legacy of protecting bears and salmon", said Pat Conzemius, Conservation Director for Wildlife Forever.
About Wildlife Forever:
Wildlife Forever's mission is to conserve America's wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. As the nonprofit conservation arm of the North American Hunting Club and North American Fishing Club, Wildlife Forever represents the conservation interests of 1.3 million members.