A little behind on this, but I want to welcome two new members to the blog, Mark Richards and Dave Lyon. Mark and Dave are co-chairs of the Alaskan chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers and both are heavily involved in conservation efforts in that state. (You can read a bit more about them if you click on their names in the side bar.) Despite its image as the last American frontier, Alaska is beginning to feel the pressures of overexploitation and development that has more or less depleted the wildlife in the lower 48 states. Consequently, this is an important time in the history of conservation and there are a lot of open questions about whether or not we have learned our lessons. (Though, as this National Geographic article makes clear, this is doubtful.)
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