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As fishermen harvest salmon nearby, a brown bear fishes for its own salmon at Chenik Creek, Alaska. Due to the abundance of fish, humans have coexisted with bears here for thousands of years. Chenik, a coastal site in Alaska's McNeil River State Game Refuge is renowned for the dense numbers of brown bears that congregate in the summer to feed on salmon. It is only a few miles from Amakdedori Beach, where the current proposed industrial port for Pebble Mine would be built.

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In the Guardian: Alaska's Bears Threatened by Proposed Mine
acacia johnson
May 21, 2020
My first piece for the Guardian is now online, about how Alaska's largest and most cherished population of brown bears—and the vast, pristine ecosystem they inhabit—is imminently threatened by the proposed Pebble Mine. Check it out!

A proposed mine in Alaska will endanger brown bears – and much more
The world’s most productive salmon fishery and a stronghold for the state’s bears are under threat from an open-pit gold and copper mine

Acacia Johnson | Photographer

Acacia Johnson is a photographer from Alaska, focused on human relationships to the earth's Polar Regions.
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