SCI IS A CONSERVATION LEADER
At the beginning of the last century, many wildlife species in America had been reduced to alarmingly low numbers. Sportsmen and women led by the day’s leading conservationists such as President Teddy Roosevelt, created the most successful conservation effort ever known. Fueled by dollars from hunters, several species came back from the brink and now flourish here in North America.
SCI Alaska Chapter is proud to continue that heritage with its efforts supporting ADF&G wildlife and research projects like wild sheep research and the wood bison restoration project with the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage.
The truth is sportsmen and women have done more for wildlife in America than any other group, and they have proven time and again that the North American Model of Wildlife Management is without equal throughout the world.
Here are just a few of SCI Alaska Chapters many contributions to conservation.
The Alaska Chapter and the Kenai Chapter played a prominent role in the reintroduction of wood bison to Alaska’s landscape. In fact the two Alaskan Chapters along with SCI National were virtually the only conservation group supporting this historic effort.
- AK SCI and SCI provided well over $130,000 to Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game (ADF&G) conservation projects in the last year.
- AK SCI funded the chronic wasting disease study on Kodiak Island for blacktail deer.
- AKSCI funded a study on wolves by the National Park Service in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.
- AK SCI recently funded a critical black bear research project for ADF&G
- AK SCI provided key support for the introduction of Ruffed Grouse into Southcentral Alaska.
- AK SCI spent a few thousand dollars building fish cleaning tables for the Kenai to help reduce human/bear conflicts.
- AK SCI led the effort to increase funding for wildlife management over the last 5 years culminating in the passage of HB 137 in the spring of 2016.
- AK SCI was the only major hunting group that supported the modernization of the Governor’s tags program bringing increased dollars to ADF&G management programs.
SCI NATIONAL CONSERVATION EFFORTS
- Provided $100,000 to the Wood Bison Restoration Project in 2015 that the ADF&G was able to acquire an additional $300,000 in Pittman-Robertson funds which are derived from a federal excise tax on hunting equipment.
- Continues to fight to change the status of polar bear through Congressional action. Downlisting under the endangered species act is crucial to state management, as well as for the Alaskan economy.
- Provided over one millon dollars to African lion conservation efforts.
- Has successfully intervened in court to support state management of predator/prey populations.
- Currently supporting several wildlife studies across North America assisting state managers in their effort to manage on science.