Protect the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
The Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve is an Important Bird Area because a late run of salmon on the Chilkat River draws the world’s largest gathering of Bald Eagles—up to 4,000 of the magnificent raptors—each fall. Natural groundwater flows keep the river ice-free longer than other local waters, allowing eagles access to a bountiful food source in fall and early winter. Roughly 200 Bald Eagles nest in the area as well.
Five miles-per-hour is all it would take to protect habitat for thousands of Bald Eagles in the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve! The Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) is planning to widen and straighten the scenic byway that runs through the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near Haines, Alaska, a world-class eagle viewing area. Despite opposition from local commercial fisherman, the advisory council of the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, local conservation groups, and Audubon Alaska, ADOT insists on widening and straightening the road for a 55mph speed limit standard, which would involve cutting down important eagle perching trees and damaging essential salmon spawning habitat. Healthy salmon runs are critical to the eagles gathering here. Lowering the proposed speed limit to 50 mph for the 15-mile stretch within the reserve would change the road requirements, leaving salmon spawning habitat and the eagles’ perching trees intact.
Send a letter to the Federal Highway Administration and Alaska Department of Transportation urging them to change the Haines Highway widening project from a 55-mph to a 50-mph standard along the 15-mile stretch within the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, protecting important salmon and Bald Eagle habitat. You can send the sample letter below, or edit with your own words for even greater impact.
Your message will be sent to:
Patrick Kemp, Commissioner, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
Jim Scholl, Environmental Coordinator, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
cc: Dave Miller, Chief Administrator, Federal Highway Administration
Harold Peaks, Project Development Team Leader, Federal Highway Administration
NOTE: Your name and address will automatically be added to the bottom of the letter.