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If built, a huge mine would trans­form Alaska’s Bristol Bay region, possibly jeopar­dizing the world’s richest sockeye salmon fishery. Help NRDC BioGems Defenders stop the Pebble Mine! Photo from National Geographic.

EPA has started the 404c process to stop the proposed Pebble mine - show your support for Bristol Bay salmon! bit.ly/1svPy1L

Bristol Bay, Alaska Despite overwhelming local opposition, foreign mining giants Anglo American and Rio Tinto are pressing forward with plans to build a gargantuan, open-pit gold and copper mine above Alaska's Bristol Bay -- threatening the world's greatest sockeye salmon runs and the very last 284 beluga whales of Cook Inlet.

A prime salmon-rearing habitat in the Nushagak region of Bristol Bay in Alaska, which would likely be impacted by mine development. More than 40 million sockeye salmon swam from the ocean and up the Bristol Bay basin to spawn in 2010. The region’s many pristine interconnected waterways produce the world’s largest sustainable harvest of wild salmon.

NO PEBBLE MINE #9, Pictures from Ground Zero: The EPA has determined the Pebble Mine will damage salmon rivers, destroy salmon habitat, and is a threat to the Bristol Bay fishery... THANK YOU!!!! This IS Ground Zero and you can see why a toxic (cyanide) mine leaking / draining water downstream affects everything - follow the water in this picture (clue: it is where the life is). Photograph © 2012 Robert Glenn Ketchum #LittleBearProd

Alaskan grizzly bear vs. sockeye salmon. Grizzly bears agree - save Bristol Bay!

An aurora borealis seen from the International Space Station - wow

Paper Birch, White Birch or Canoe Birch is the most widely distributed of the native birches. Easily recognized for its peeling white bark, paper birch bark was used as a paper substitute in the past and valued by native Indians for its use in the construction of canoes.