NOVAGOLD has partnered with the National Fish and Wildlife Fund (NFWF) to support the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Fund which is working to restore habitats and build capacity for natural resource conservation in Alaska.
The Alaska Fish and Wildlife Fund initiative has identified Alaskan land and activities that offer significant opportunities to protect and enhance fish and wildlife species. The objectives of the program are to:
- Improve monitoring and management of species populations by filling key information gaps
- Support conservation planning efforts targeted at minimizing impacts of multiple land uses on species populations
- Benefit from Native Alaskans' traditional knowledge in natural resource management efforts through their active involvement in development and implementation of conservation, education, management and outreach programs
- Provide additional watershed information essential to identify, monitor and conserve key salmon resources
- Facilitate technological and management improvements to advance the sustainability of fisheries
Three focal geographic regions were identified as initial investment areas: the Arctic-Bering Sea, the Yukon-Kuskokwim (Y-K Region), and the Cook Inlet/Matanuska-Susitna watershed. Many of the funded projects will be led by Alaskan communities to increase the active involvement of local residents in the subsistence management process and enhance the dialogue around conservation objectives. NFWF will use its scientific and conservation experience to monitor the progress of and provide guidance for each project. A number of these projects are specifically focused on better understanding the critical issues associated with salmon populations and subsistence harvest in the Y-K Region.
For the past decade, the Donlin Gold team has been conducting extensive baseline studies around the proposed mine area, including assessments of salmon species and habitat in the Kuskokwim River watershed. The results of these baseline studies have been integrated into the overall mine planning process and are being used to support the ongoing environmental assessment and permitting programs. Donlin Gold's work along with contributions of time and financial resources complement NFWF's experience and ability in developing and implementing significant conservation programs.
In addition to NOVAGOLD and Donlin Gold, support for the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Fund is provided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Bureau of Land Management, USDA Forest Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, The Rasmuson Foundation, British Petroleum Alaska, ConocoPhillips Alaska, Shell, and other private and public sector parties.
Established by Congress in 1984, NFWF sustains, restores and enhances the nation's fish, wildlife, plants and habitats. Working with federal, corporate and individual partners, NFWF has funded more than 4,000 organizations and committed more than $2.3 billion to conservation projects. For more information on NFWF or the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Fund, please visit www.nfwf.org/afwf