Wood-Tikchik State Park
Lake Nerka at Wood-Tikchick State Park. Photo by Todd Radenbaugh/Flickr
Alaska’s Wood-Tikchik State Park is known for its expansive, undeveloped wilderness and abundant wildlife. As a major spawning area for salmon—the foundation of southwest Alaska’s ecology, economy and culture—the park was created in order to protect fish and wildlife breeding and support systems. It was also created to preserve subsistence and recreational activities.
The park’s wilderness also makes it a top travel destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Thousands of tourists travel here each year for the world-class fishing opportunities and other nature-based adventures.
But private land development is a pressing threat to salmon and other wildlife as well as the scenic landscape so many visitors come to enjoy.
Through our Southwest Alaska Wild Salmon Initiative, we’re working to place conservation easements or purchase property from willing land owners along the rivers and lakes in Wood-Tikchik. Some of our past projects include the addition of property at the start of the Agulukpak River and at the mouth of Elva Creek at Lake Nerka. The properties were considered highly valuable for development but both were also important spawning systems for tens of thousands of sockeye salmon.
Our work with local organizations resulted in a conservation easement on more than 20,000 acres, which preserves the entire length of the 4-mile-long Agulowak River and more than 40 miles of shoreline along lakes Aleknagik and Nerka.
We continue to work in Alaska so that future generations can enjoy the same salmon-rich rivers and vast wilderness that we do today.