Alaskan Legacy

How Robert Glenn Ketchum became a leading advocate for the preservation of Southwest Alaska’s ecosystems and economies.
By Wes Pitts / Photography By Robert Glenn Ketchum

The approximate location of the proposed Pebble mine. If it were to be built, this view would be an industrialized hole in the ground over two miles across and 2,000 feet deep.

One of many spectacular lake basins in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Twin Lakes would actually be quite near the mine site and the haul road from the mine would run along part of the park boundary.

Referred to by local pilots as “Beverly Hills” because there are so many “swimming pools,” this aerial of the broad terrain shows the astounding abundance of lakes, streams, creeks and rivers that comprise the Bristol Bay watershed.

“The Channels” of the Kvichak River are a very desirable fishing location. The Kvichak flows from Lake Iliamna to Bristol Bay and is the largest and most productive river and watershed in the fishery.

Some of the many islands in Lake Iliamna, one of the largest bodies of freshwater in the world. Iliamna is also home to a unique species of freshwater seal. The ore haul road of the Pebble Mine will be built along a substantial portion of the north shore of the lake, bridging (and likely destroying) numerous salmon-spawning sidestreams. Air quality, water quality and the quiet and solitude of wilderness are likely to be affected as well.

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Alaskan Legacy
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