Let me explain that one. My buddy moved up to AK 30 yrs ago to teach in Anchorage. He still marvels at moose. He has them in his back yard all the time but they are so special to him. Residents grow us with them and moose are like deer to me here in MN. Yes many born Alaskans truly appreciate AK with all the splendor, scenery, fishing and hunting but its all they know. If you come from a place that has none of those its just that much more special. AK has ruined me to a degree. A 20" walleye just does not mean what it did to me compared to a red on the Kenai or a silver in the salt. I saw a 55-60lb king that was caught and released on the Kenai and a 30lb fish kept. That walleye though fun just does not stack up to them. To see a moose calf so freakin ugly and akward they are cute as he&* is a sight i relish. To look at the color of the Kenai is like looking into a jewel. To not grow up with what you have up there and to leave it after only a few weeks makes me appriciate it all that much more. So why am i writing this here in this forum? Well i read an article about how they have a handful and i mean under 50 sockeye returning to Idaho where there were once many hundreds of thousands and they are excited about the few that are coming back. i saw a documentary about all the dams on the rivers and how they literaly ship smolt down on barges as the dams would beat them up on the way to the ocean and most would die. What you have in AK is so very precious and fragile. EVERY inch of salmon stream needs to be protected. EVERY INCH. a mine will only last just so long then its time to shut it down and the rivers are gone forever. a few dams here a little destruction there and pretty soon the salmon are all gone. I just cant see how some of the projects i read about that would harm streams are even being considered. When you hit the river this year stop and take a good look at it. One day it could all dissapear if not protected. The resource much come first last and always. This summer i hope to bring my 25yr old son up with me to take it all in and catch some salmon. If we take care or the resource our grand childrens grand children can do the same. if we dont some who read this will talk of the good old days that were and wish they did something about it. OK i am done but man what you have is priceless!!!!!