The following guest multimedia blog from Paul Moinester is a part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series— Chuitna River, Alaska. Paul Moinester is the head of Last Frontier Strategies, a company dedicated to coalition building, advocacy, creative content, media outreach, and company branding.
Join us in our quest to defend the Chuitna River throughout February, and be sure to take action!
Co-producers Paul Moinester, Brandon Hill, and Sam Weis, and Director Trip Jennings, created this short film in 2015 to highlight the battle that conservation-minded anglers are waging against a proposed coal mine that would devastate more than 30 square miles of the salmon-rich Chuitna River watershed.
This is an image of the Susitna Flats. The film crew passed over this beautiful wetland area on the way to Beluga, Alaska, for filming Chuitna - More Than Salmon on the Line. This area is emblematic of the beautiful wilderness that would be destroyed if the Chuitna Mine project were to be implemented | Credit: Paul Moinester
This photo captures the Chuitna- More Than Salmon on the Line film crew landing at the Beluga Airport after an aerial tour of the proposed mine site | Credit: Paul Moinester
In this image, Trip Jennings films footage for the documentary as Dave McCoy casts to a pod of salmon smashing the Chuitna’s otherwise placid surface | Credit: Paul Moinester
Here photographer Dave McCoy catches a beautiful coho salmon dinner on a glorious day near Beluga, Alaska | Credit: Paul Moinester
Historically, members of the Tyonek tribe preserved their salmon catch in smokehouses like the one in this photo | Credit: Paul Moinester
Lastly, here is a sunset view from Beluga, Alaska. In order to protect this amazing vista, we must take action today | Credit: Paul Moinester
Please help us defend the Chuitna River by asking Alaska’s Governor Bill Walker and Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotton to deny permits for this harmful project!