Our organization is comprised of a group of volunteers and supporters representing diverse interests, who are dedicated to finding solutions to the issues challenging the Chilkoot River.
For more than two thousand years humans have shared the Chilkoot River Valley with salmon, brown bears and eagles. As the home for many generations of Chilkoot Natives, the land is a repository of cultural significance, as well as prime wildlife habitat. The lower river corridor is currently used by local residents and travelers for subsistence and sport fishing, for wildlife viewing and commercial tourism. Increased pressure on the resource has called into question whether the balance of human and bear activity can continue. The Alaska Chilkoot Bear Foundation works to forge partnerships to ensure that all elements of the ecosystem will continue to exist in harmony for generations to come.
Board of Directors
The board consists of seven elected directors representing interests of academic, business, Lutak Residents, Native community, professional, scientifc, and sport fishing.
Pam Randles - President
Dan Egolf - Vice President
Tim McDonough - Treasurer
Tom McGuire - Co-Secretary
Ann Puffer - Co-Secretary
Richard Folta - (Director)
Ted Hart - Director
After three years of meetings, the group developed a consensus action plan for preserving the corridor’s rich resources. The plan includes the goals organized here. These goals are the guide for the Alaska Chilkoot Bear Foundation.
Improve State Agency Ability to Manage Recreational Use
Visitor Education - Issues
Help Visitors Reduce Impacts to the Area by Developing a Code of Conduct to Help Them Self-Monitor
Reducing Overnight Use and Roadside Camping along the CRC- completed
Improve Lakeshore Parking Areas to Better Accommodate Larger Vehicles and Reduce Congestion- completed
Limit Future Impacts of Motorized Use on Chilkoot Lake - completed
Minimize Impacts to Chilkoot Historical Resources
Increase Public Awareness of Chilkoot’s Cultural Significance
Support the Continuity of Chilkoot Culture Camp
Reduce Human-Wildlife Conflicts and Monitor and Improve Visitor Activity and Behavior
Conserve Habitat and Scenic Values
Provide Brown Bears Undisturbed Route of Access/Egress to Chilkoot River Feeding Areas
Data Gathering – Research Needs – Future Planning
Identify and Interpret Brown Bear Habitat and Use Patterns to Augment Agency Data Needs and Guide Future Planning and Development Decisions
Utilize Best Available Technology to Monitor Fishery Escapement and Minimize Obstruction to Fish Passage