The Copper River Watershed Project wins Public Lands Foundation Landscape Stewardship Award
BLM-Alaska is proud to announce that its partner, the nonprofit Copper River Watershed Project, is being recognized by the Public Lands Foundation’s Landscape Stewardship Award for its work advancing and sustaining community-based stewardship in the Copper River watershed. This is the first time the foundation has presented an Alaska group with its Landscape Stewardship Award. The Copper River Watershed Project sponsors several programs for the 26,500 square mile watershed:
- Copper River Watershed Stewardship program for area high school youth;
- Fish habitat restoration projects;
- Tourism infrastructure such as wayside interpretive signage about the ecosystem or a fish viewing platform to stop riverbank erosion;
- Artists for nature; recycling; Growing Wild; Trans-Alaska Pipeline System involvement where it crosses through the watershed;
- Rerouting of trails to reduce ATV stream crossings;
- Training and managing volunteers for water quality and human use data in the 26,500 square mile watershed, creation of mapping tools and culvert-ranking protocols to benefit fish passage and lessen erosion.
For more information about the project and the award, please visit our website: http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/info/newsroom.html.
The BLM manages 245 million acres – more land than any other federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including 75 million acres in Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.