Understanding, Managing and Protecting our Resources
Natural Resource Assessment, Exploration and Protection
To successfully manage, develop and steward its lands, BBNC must first understand the resources and values they hold. We accordingly look to partner with resource companies, educational institutions and non-profit organizations to study our ANCSA lands and assess their resource, development and conservation potential. It is our goal to know as much as possible about the lands and resources entrusted to our management and stewardship so we can make informed decisions about their use and preservation.
Sand, Gravel, and Rock Material Sites
Traditionally, contractors seeking sand, gravel, or rock for projects in Bristol Bay had limited options, with materials often coming from Unalaska or Nome. Sourcing materials outside the region added time and expense to projects. BBNC supports efforts to identify and develop new local material sources. Working with village corporations and municipal governments, BBNC’s goal is to foster best management, maximize availability of material for infrastructure projects and to earn revenue. For example, BBNC recently partnered with Choggiung Limited to redevelop the Snake Lake Quarry outside of Dillingham, providing an additional local source of high-quality rock to western Bristol Bay. Additionally, Bristol Bay communities can request annual donations of up to 1,000 cubic yards of sand, gravel or rock for infrastructure and community projects.
BBNC’s Stand on the Proposed Pebble Mine
BBNC opposes the proposed Pebble mine project as well as offshore oil and gas leasing in the North Aleutian Basin. Our position is grounded in our Land & Resource Policies and informed by the careful research of potential impacts and thoughtful discussion of BBNC’s Board of Directors. In a shift from BBNC’s proactively neutral stance of 2006, BBNC’s opposition reflects the board’s determination that the proposed Pebble mine could have unquantifiable impacts on the natural resources of the Bristol Bay region.
Acting as an effective advocate for our shareholders, BBNC remains engaged in the proposed Pebble mine project permitting process. It’s another way for us to live out our corporation’s mission and values—and continue to pursue responsible development opportunities for the land that nurtures us.