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Agulowak River
copyright Robert Glenn KetchumThe most immediate concern for salmon habitat within the region served by the Land Trust is the potential for development along the Agulowak River. The river connects Lake Nerka and Lake Aleknagik in Wood-Tikchik State Park and is considered one of the most productive rivers in the world for wild rainbow trout. An estimated 1.2 million sockeye salmon pass through this short corridor annually.

The Agulowak is heavily used by sportfishermen and most of the uplands surrounding the river are privately owned. The Land Trust is working with some of these owners to secure voluntary protections for riverside habitat. In addition, the Land Trust has partnered with The Conservation Fund to raise funds to acquire land and conservation easements where necessary.

The Land Trust was awarded a $50,000 North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant to support its Agulowak effort. “The grant, however, is just a beginning”, says Land Trust Board Chairman Ward Jones, “it will take much more to secure the protections needed to assure this vital salmon habitat is available to support our subsistence and recreational values forever.”