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NFC: Fw: [Updates] W&S ACTION ALERT -- Suction Dredge Mining on Alaska’s Fo rtymile River!

Suction Dredge Mining on Alaska’s Fortymile River!

The Fortymile River, which flows through the rolling hills of Interior
Alaska along the border with Canada, was designated National Wild and
River in 1980. Early this spring, the Bureau of Land Management announced
plans to open up federal lands adjacent to the 21-mile section of the
Fortymile River designated “wild” for long-term camping. This would
expand suction dredge operations in a pristine wilderness area. Suction
dredge mining degrades water quality and disturbs aquatic life, disturbs
wildlife habitat along the river, creates noise pollution, air pollution,
and can lead to fuel spills. This is the first time that the BLM has
proposed to issue long-term camping permits in support of suction dredge
mining on a “wild” river segment, and it would set a damaging precedent.
American Rivers, the Northern Alaska Environmental Center, and other
are working to stop the suction dredging on the “wild” Fortymile River.

Please write a letter of concern to:

Ms. Shelly Jacobson, EA Team Leader
Bureau of Land Management
U.S. Department of the Interior
1150 University Avenue
Fairbanks, AK 99709

You may FAX your comments to (907) 474-2238.

If you have any questions about efforts to protect the Fortymile River,
please feel free to call Jack Hannon or Kristen McDonald at American
at 1-202-347-7550.

To see this and other American Rivers' Action Alerts online, visit our
webpage at http://www.amrivers.org/hot.html

Suzy McDowell
Outreach Coordinator
American Rivers
1025 Vermont Ave, NW, #720
Washington, DC 20005
202-347-7550 x3040
smcdowell at amrivers_org