The Conservation Fund's Brad Meiklejohn Shares Collaboration with Wells Fargo to Preserve 143 Acres in Alaska

Meiklejohn guest blogs for Wells Fargo Environmental Forum
Jul 24, 2014 9:00 AM ET
Brad Meiklejohn, The Conservation Fund Alaska State Director

Environmental Forum

Once the largest Native settlements in southcentral Alaska, Eklutna was physically and culturally fragmented by a railroad, a highway, a granite quarry and dams that ended salmon runs on its rivers. The community endured through these challenges and is now turning the corner to restore a key area for the benefit of both their environment and culture.

Wells Fargo and The Conservation Fund are working together to protect and preserve a historically significant site for the Dena’ina Athabascan people who call Eklutna home. Last month, Wells Fargo donated a 143-acre property that forms the heart of Dena’ina ancestral lands to The Conservation Fund. The property has numerous archeological sites, important wetlands and spectacular vistas of Knik Arm and the Chugach Mountains. The Conservation Fund, a national land trust, will protect the property through a permanent conservation easement.

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