Kinross Alaska has partnered with Trout Unlimited to create the Alaska Abandoned Mine Restoration Initiative – the first partnership of a major mining company and a fish conservation NGO working together in Alaska to restore stream beds to support salmon spawning.
The first project of the partnership will support Phase II development, along with the U.S. Forest Service, of Resurrection Creek. The project aims to rebuild historic wildlife and fish habitats at Resurrection Creek, a now popular recreation spot near Anchorage, Alaska, that was disturbed during historic mining activities in the area.
The project is expected to run from May through July for the next three seasons and will restore the main channel and floodplains, construct new spawning pools and add vegetation to areas surrounding the stream.
“It’s exciting to have partners like Trout Unlimited and Kinross at the table for a project like this because it opens up the door to resources that help us get the work done on the ground that would probably not be possible,” said Angela Coleman, Hydrologist, Chugach National Forest. “It will have pretty beneficial, lasting effects on the landscape for future generations.”
Kinross and TU’s efforts will expand on initial restoration of the creek (Phase I) that took place in 2005 when the U.S. Forest Service restored 1.5 miles of stream at Resurrection Creek.
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