January 5th, 7 pm
Millennium Alaskan Hotel
AFF will kick off 2015 with a presentation by Tim Troll, executive director of the Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust (Trust) at our January 5, 2015 general meeting. The Trust is dedicated to the preservation and protection of Salmon and wildlife habitat in the greater Bristol Bay region including Wood/Tikchik State Park, Lake Clark and Katmai National Parks and several national wildlife refuges. Twenty five years ago, the land trust movement began in Alaska with the enactment of the Uniform Conservation Easement Act. Shortly after passage of the act, the Trust began operations and was the second land trust organized in Alaska. In 2014, the Trust was recognized with the National Land Trust Excellence Award from the Land Trust Alliance.
In addition to it work in educating the public about treasures of the Bristol Bay region, the Trust also acquires otherwise developable property and places it into a land trust protecting it and the surrounding area from the adverse impacts of development. The Trust also established the popular Bristol Bay Guide Academy to train young people from the regions villages for positions in Alaska’s lodging and guiding industry. Since establishing the Guide Academy, the Trust now collaborates with Trout Unlimited, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, BLM and AFF to host the Guide Academy each summer. In recent years, the popular Guide Academy has grown to 20-25 students each year.
Come out on January 5, 2015 to celebrate the New Year, connect with friends and hear about the Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust from its director Tim Troll.