BIG LAKE – The Alaska Sailing Club, founded in 1967, owns 340 feet of shoreline in its own cove on Big Lake. Over the past few years, the club has become aware of how valuable shoreline habitat is to salmon production.
Alaska made history as leaders from the Native Village of Tyonek celebrated a gift of culturally and ecologically important land. The Nature Conservancy donated the 160-acre parcel to the tribe and Great Land Trust will steward the land with NVT in perpetuity through a conservation easement.
A 10-part series in which Great Land Trust and the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman share stories of Mat-Su Borough “King Makers.” People were selected as King Makers based on their efforts to conserve salmon habitat.
EKLUTNA — For Eklutna Inc., conserving salmon habitat a priority. The Native Corporation has partnered with GLT on 5 conservation easements protecting over 7,000 acres of land.
PALMER — What can a group of homeowners and volunteers do to protect and restore salmon habitat on their property?
As it turns out, a lot.
CHICKALOON — Moose Creek hill is special in more ways than one.
TALKEETNA — Ruth Wood and John Strasenburgh know a special place when they see it.
SETTLERS BAY — Bob Ackles fits the “King Maker” bill to a tee.
MAT-SU — The number of salmon in Alaska may be declining, but King Maker Catherine Inman is doing her part to combat future decreases.
HATCHER PASS — Delbert and Jackie Simineo are King Makers. Residents of Alaska since 1996, Delbert and Jackie Simineo own Northern Lights Elk Ranch in the Hatcher Pass area. What is unique about the 315-acre farm is that tributaries of the Little Susitna River (Little Su) runs right through it.