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Alaska's Tangle Lakes region: People love it for what they can see and do here. Wildlife—especially the Nelchina caribou herd—need it for their seasonal and year-round homes. The Delta Wild and Scenic River, rippling with grayling, runs through it. For 10,000 years, Native Alaskans have hunted, fished, and picked berries here. Today, common uses have expanded to include hiking, paddling, dog mushing, birding, sightseeing, and much more. Click here to see photos.
However, all this is threatened by a completely incompatible use: large-scale industrial mining. With funding from a Japanese multinational conglomerate, a Canadian mineral exploration company has been actively exploring near Tangle Lakes, the Denali Highway, and lands to the North. The company expresses optimism that the nickel, copper, and platinum mineralization it has already found will lead to a major ore deposit. Click here to learn more about the mining claims.
If an economically profitable ore body is found, the resulting mine would scar the scenic landscape, limit public access, imperil archeological treasures, and displace important wildlife. Contaminated water, polluted air, rumbling ore trucks, and noise are huge issues at any major mine site, and Tangle Lakes would be no different. Click here to learn more about large scale hardrock mining.
One of the things we can do to protect the Tangle Lakes region is get the state to create a Tangle Lakes State Wildlife Refuge. A refuge would allow hunting and recreational uses to continue, but would place stronger restraints on mineral exploration and mine development. Existing claims would not be extinguished. Click here to learn more about the proposed wildlife refuge.
Action is needed now. If we wait until an ore body is found and a mine is in the permitting stage, it will be too late, because too much money will have been invested. Click here to find out how you can help.