Robert Glenn Ketchum: Southwest Alaska

For 40-odd years, Robert Glenn Ketchum has lent his considerable photographic talents to the cause of environmental conservation in America.  From California’s Big Sur coastline to the Hudson River Valley, Ohio’s Cuyahoga River Valley to Laguna San Ignacio in Baja California, Ketchum’s images of threatened landscapes cover every corner of the country. He is a Founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and in 2010 interior secretary Ken Salazar named him a “Partner in Conservation.” He is, as Joel Reynolds of NRDC has said, “the Ansel Adams of our generation.”

Ketchum’s most recent subject is Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska, where a consortium of mining companies aim to build the world’s largest open-pit copper and cyanide gold-leach mine at the headwaters of the wild salmon fishery of Bristol Bay. The salmon have sustained the people and wildlife of Bristol Bay for thousands of years, and today they help generate an estimated $450 million annually.

You can Ketchum’s fight to protect the wild lands of southwest Alaska. To learn more, click here.

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