Trout Unlimited hit two large sportsman’s shows on the West Coast recently to introduce its Tongass 77 campaign to the hunting and angling community. TU’s Sportfish Outreach Coordinator for Southeast Alaska, Mark Hieronymus, spoke with many lodge owners and guides at the International Sportsman’s Expo in Sacramento, Calif., and also at the Western Washington Sportsmen’s Show in Puyallup, Wash.
“I talked to 48 businesses representing 54 lodges operating in and around the Tongass National Forest. Many of them signed our letter of support for the Tongass 77 campaign. Several fishing gear manufactures also signed and expressed overwhelming support for protecting the Tongass’ high-value salmon and trout producing systems at the watershed scale,” said Hieronymus.
The Tongass 77 campaign aims to place some 1.8 million acres (representing 77 watersheds) of the Tongass, currently open to development, into a land management status where conservation of fish habitat is the highest priority use.