The Nature Conservancy’s Alaska Chapter released a poll today showing overwhelming support for policies protecting salmon habitat across the state. Ninety-six percent of Alaskans surveyed say salmon are essential to the Alaskan way of life, and 97 percent say salmon are an important part of the Alaska economy. Statewide, 89 percent of Alaskans say that even in tough economic times, it is important to maintain funding for salmon conservation.
“Alaskans’ connection to salmon is even stronger than we realized,” said Randy Hagenstein, director of The Nature Conservancy in Alaska.
“Across the board, Alaskans truly understand the kind of habitat salmon need, and they support the investment necessary to keep that habitat healthy.”
The results showed four in five Alaskans are personally concerned about the health and abundance of salmon in Alaska.
“It is no wonder support is so high because virtually everyone we interviewed views salmon as important to the Alaska economy,” said Lori Weigel of Public Opinion Strategies, the polling firm which conducted the opinion research.
The Nature Conservancy, a non-profit conservation group in Alaska, leads salmon habitat projects in Bristol Bay, the Matanuska-Susitna Basin, and the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska. These poll results show conservation projects that keep salmon populations and salmon habitat healthy enjoy considerable support among a broad cross-section of Alaskans.
“As Alaska charts its future, we can be confident that salmon-friendly policies will always be a safe bet,” Hagenstein says.
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The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.