Grants Helps Alaska Bear, Salmon and Elk

Posted Saturday May 27, 2017 by wf_admin

Wildlife Forever has secured $150,000 from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services’ Private Stewardship Grants Program (PSGP) to benefit brown bears, salmon, and elk which spend part of their seasonal life-cycle on privately owned land on Afognak Island in the western Gulf of Alaska. Working with Afognak Native Corporation, Alaska Department of Fish & Game and the USFWS, Wildlife Forever is assisting with the removal of timber roads to limit motorized access to large interior tracts of Afognak Island. Two-thirds of Afognak Island is privately owned, and in less than 30 years, 1,000 miles of logging roads have laced the island resulting in harassment problems for brown bears, sedimentation in salmon spawning rivers and increased elk poaching. Selective timber road removal with the PSGP funds will return large sections of Afognak to its primeval state where world class hunting and fishing areas will emerge within the second growth timber stands.