SEAGO is proud to have signed on to two Southeast campaigns to protect our salmon habitat within the Tongass National Forest: T77 and maintaining Forest Service management of Tongass lands. By supporting these efforts, SEAGO joins individuals, conservation groups, commercial fishing vessels, and businesses across Southeast Alaska working to permanently protect the habitat in these key areas. We, as part of these efforts, emphasize that:
Guided and unguided sportfishing contributes millions of dollars to the economies of Southeast Alaska, the State, and the country. The sportfishing tradition relies on public access, multiple use management, and healthy habitats. For businesses to succeed into the 21st century, we must work together to maintain and restore healthy fish and wildlife habitat and make this a high priority in managing the Tongass National Forest.
T77: American Salmon Forest, with Trout Unlimited, has focused our federal government’s eyes on the areas within the Tongass which are vital to the salmon and trout our businesses rely on. The over 70 watersheds in Southeast Alaska which are currently open to harmful development must be permanently off-limits to those activities while still allowing existing access and uses, such as sport fishing. More information and a list of supporters can be found here.
Land Management: Groups are pressing Congress to sell or transfer federal lands into private or State hands for development activities, including logging and mining. These efforts are in addition to threats to reduce Forest Service funding and access to effective management tools. If they succeed, we will see cuts to public access, elimination of sustainability measures, harm to habitat, and more. SEAGO has signed this petition to tell Congress and our Alaska delegation that these areas must remain protected. To sign on with us, click HERE.