As the solstice sun waxes to its highest and longest peak in our summer sky, an anxious AKBHA community hurries to fit it all in before the snow returns. Let us be reminded of the 250 million acres of federal public lands available in Alaska for our enjoyment, which are brimming with adventure opportunities and a wealth of wild game and fish to supplement our manufactured menus.
April marked a turning point in our Chapter, as this was the first visit National Board members have made to Alaska. Thank you, Land Tawney and Ty Stubblefield, for your personal support. One important mechanism of this special occasion was thanks to Bill Hanlon, who presented an enlightening topic that spurred membership and renewed focus on the importance of access to wild public lands throughout North America and Canada. This presentation alone bumped our membership by 45%, which gives pause to consider how much stock our growing community places on physical contact with Nature by non-mechanized means.
Chapter work continues with focus on membership, education and outreach to strengthen our grassroots foundation and provide organizational structure with momentum. Two important areas of focus are bonding with our military community and building a Regional Advisory Team (RAT), starting with Anchorage and then Juneau, Bethel, and Kotzebue. Our plan is to present adventure topics to our military hunters at Eielson AFB, Ft. Wainwright, as well as JBER in Anchorage, with hopes of highlighting Alaska hunting opportunities and ethical field behavior. The RAT members will help our chapter stay well informed on important regional issues and will bridge the gap of linear distance between our Fairbanks headquarters and the front lines of battles to keep public lands available for hunting, fishing, recreation and spiritual growth.
This is an exciting trajectory for AKBHA and the perfect year to share your views of our purpose with your closest friends who appreciate Alaska’s wild public lands.
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