We can all agree that the Tongass National Forest is America's Salmon Forest.
Today, our friends at Sitka Conservation Society released "The Salmon Forest," a beautiful video celebrating one of the few places in the world where wild salmon and trout still thrive.
When you're done watching the video, sign your name to help conserve our Salmon Forest.
According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG), 322 of Southeast Alaska's 5,000+ anadromous waterways (waters that support ocean-going fish like salmon and steelhead) are officially recognized as supporting annul escapements (or runs) of steelhead. The "officially recognized" part is key, as this means they are included in the ADFG Anadromous Waters Catalog (AWC). We believe there are many more than 322 that are not documented at this time.
Being included in the catalogue is important because anyone looking to develop a project in documented anadromous waterways must adhere to conservation measures that help ensure the fish resources aren't harmed in the process.
Over the past few years, Trout Unlimited has worked to increase the number of officially recognized anadromous streams by using citizen science - going to select Tongass 77 watersheds and surveying the area for steelhead. By the end of the year, Trout Unlimited hopes to have four new species additions to the AWC, and nearly 10 miles of undocumented habitat added.
A story was recently printed about our efforts in Fish Alaska magazine. Learn more about why it’s important for waters to be catalogued and how you can help.
Despite what is going on in the world, we can see sun poking through and beginning to melt the snow, we can hear the spring birds chirping, and that can only mean one thing: fishing season is not too far off.
This weekend, we would have been at the Great Alaska Sportsman’s Show in Anchorage, with updates on our work to conserve fish and wildlife habitat across Alaska. However, as you likely guessed, the Sportsman’s show was postponed, along with many of our other favorite get-togethers.
Instead, the Trout Unlimited Alaska team decided to bring the booth straight to you in your homes. Check out this video of Eric, Kayla and Meghan giving campaign updates as if we were talking to you at the Sullivan Arena!