McNeil bears need your help

The proposed Pebble mine endangers the bears of McNeil River and Katmai National Park

Jul 18, 2018
Our legal director Valerie Brown spent time sharing the wild with bears this summer. Now she invites you to help help protect them from the proposed Pebble mine. McNeil bears need your help.

Watching bears fish for the first salmon of the season. Photo by Valerie Brown.

I just returned from my fifth trip to McNeil River State Game Refuge and Sanctuary. It’s one of my favorite places in Alaska. It’s an exceptional area because our state officials decided a long time ago that you should not only let nature run wild, but you can also witness and feel its awe by protecting it.

Almost all Alaskans have heard of the proposed Pebble mine, but many do not realize that it threatens McNeil River and Katmai National Park.  The proposed Pebble Mine site is just northwest of McNeil.
Northern Dynasty, the Canadian mining company behind the Pebble project, plans to build an industrial port in Amakdedori Bay, right next to McNeil River State Game Refuge and Sanctuary.  The port would connect to the mine through a 75-mile long road and an 18-mile lake ferry crossing.
The proposed mine threatens this crown jewel of wilderness and bear watching.

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