re: Coal strip mining through salmon streams
Governor Parnell once famously stated that he "would not trade one resource for another".
It is even greater folly to trade a sustainable renewable resource that feeds and provides for many in this state for a non-renewable resource that benefits few.
Allowing for coal strip mining through wild salmon streams is a return of the failed resource extraction policies indicative of the Lower 48 of the past century. Those policies destroyed the salmon runs in the Lower 48. We should have learned from that disaster, not attempting to recreate them.
ADF&G needs to focus on providing stronger protections for our fragile natural ecosystem and allow for more input from citizens, especially in regards to the loss of the Coastal Zone Management Plan and DNR's restriction of public input in these matters of water quality and conservation.
Alaska has the last remaining wild salmon streams in the world. Protection of this irreplaceable and invaluable resource should be of utmost importance. It should be clearly illegal to destroy the birth place of such an important economic, personal, and cultural resource.
Please consider implementing provisions for predictable, consistent rules for salmon fishery management.