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Support WILD SALMON Conservation in the Copper River Delta 

Bering River Coaliltion: keep it in the ground Campaign

An Investment in Forever

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"We believe that a historic conservation outcome can be achieved through the acquisition of the Bering River coal field and the protection of the truly extraordinary fish and wildlife habitat resources on which so many in the region depend for their livelihoods . . .”

Gifford Pinchot, III and Peter Pinchot

"I am adding my voice to the many others who seek the conservation of the Copper River, Bering River, [and] Martin River watersheds in Alaska. This would be achieved through acquiring and conserving the Bering River coal field, the mining of which would severely and adversely impact the fish and wildlife habitat of that region, as well as the livelihoods directly dependent on such habitat with its biological resources in an unimpaired state.”

Dr. Jane Goodall

“This opportunity to act in the public interest will soon be gone…The timing on this is now critical.“

Theodore Roosevelt, IV

ESTIMATED AMOUNT OF RECOVERABLE HIGH-GRADE BITUMINOUS COAL: 35 TO 65 MILLION TONS

This Bering River coalfield conservation opportunity is available because of many years of hard work and negotiations between a small dedicated team of local Natives and citizens and the willing seller in South Korea, along with the invaluable support of other conservation notables including those indicated above, extending into top levels of the U. S. Government. Private funding and support is now critically needed to create a precedent-setting world-class legacy with immediate far-reaching implications.

THE SPOT TON PRICE OF 13000 BTU BITUMINOUS COAL IS AROUND $80 PER TON

In meetings with Department of Agriculture, Under Secretary Harris Sherman, with direct input from Secretary Vilsack, they stated they would like to undertake this highly favorable acquisition. The U.S. Forest Service would consider assisting with up to two-thirds of the purchase price, with land exchanges and cash funding, to retire the Bering River coalfields. The Forest Service has already placed $1,000,000 for this purpose into the Land and Water Conservation Fund. BUT – they require private funding to jump- start additional government funds.

 

It is critical to raise private funds now to move this deal forward. This unique conservation opportunity offers the preservation of thriving, irreplaceable wild salmon habitat, and one of our planet’s important migratory bird stopovers and will powerfully affect the future of fossil-fuel conservation, climate change, and social justice philanthropy. The far-reaching impacts include leveraging comprehensive conservation deals for the Chugach region, and would promote a sane and sound connection between healthy ecosystems, healthy economies and sustainable communities.

THE PRICE: $15.8 MILLION

 The extraordinary historical, cultural, environmental and symbolic importance of this opportunity cannot be overstated. And there is urgency, because of current events, the aging of the willing seller and the aggressive nature of energy acquisition international conglomerates.

 Detailed maps, photographs, histories and a conservation trust are in place for investment towards the acquisition. We invite you to join in this opportunity to invest in forever ~

CURRENT COMMITMENTS: $1,005,000


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