Kachemak Bay Conservation Society
Kachemak Bay Conservation Society is concerned with environmental protection of the Kachemak Bay region. The organization focuses on habitat and wildlife issues, wetlands protection, water quality, logging, oil and gas leases, energy conservation, sustainability issues, and land use planning. The Society monitors environmental issues locally and statewide.
Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska
Over the past four years, the name Salmonstock has been intimately linked to the Renewable Resources Foundation (RRF) and the struggle to protect the Bristol Bay watershed from the potential ravages of the proposed Pebble Mine. Both the festival and the organization have been extraordinarily effective at achieving interlinking success to both endeavors. Salmonstock galvanized the people of Alaska in a manner rarely seen, which helped the cause by creating a foundation for a grassroots effort that allowed the dissemination of information.
The new festival incarnation, SALMONFEST, will now emerge to carry on the vision of protecting Alaskan salmon and its habitat throughout the state. In one way or another, salmon is one of the most unifying elements that binds Alaskans.
The Kachemak Bay Conservation Society (KBCS), a Kenai Peninsula based non-profit, will take on the administration of SALMONFEST, and will maintain the same continuity of the last four years, while continuing to grow the festival. Most of the festival’s staff, including the Festival Producer Jim Stearns and Assistant Producer Jeffrey Abel (along with the hard-working and talented production team) will remain in place. Artist Ray Troll, who’s art and talent has played a key role in the festival since inception, will remain an integral part of the festival imagery as we go forward. The festival team will return to the same venue (Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, AK), on the same first weekend of August (July 31st - Aug 2nd), to keep much of the foundational components of the festival in place.
As SALMONFEST becomes the new incarnation of Salmonstock, we wish to emphasize and celebrate the connection of all Alaskans to the fish and the waters that provide this magnificent resource. We urge everyone from all over the state, and even the country, to come together for this SALMONFEST weekend, and find camaraderie in the issues that unite us and put aside the things that divide us. Together let’s continue to move forward and celebrate wild Alaska in a weekend of Fish, Fun and Music!
You can stay up to date with the happenings for the festival here, and at SalmonfestAlaska.org.
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