The Chuitna River in Alaska is home to all five species of wild Alaskan salmon. It stands as one of the last truly free, truly wild rivers in the United States, and in the world.
PacRim Coal has proposed to turn this river into the largest coal strip mine in Alaska. Impacts to the watershed, surrounding ecosystem, and the people that depend upon these resources would be severe.
The Tyonek, a Dena’ina Athabascan people who rely upon subsistence hunting and fishing for both physical and cultural survival, have taken a stand against the proposal. Terry Jorgenson, a commercial fisherman, and Larry and Judy Heilman, local homesteaders, have joined in the struggle to protect their homes and livelihoods.
These images explore the lives that would be impacted and the wild that would be lost.