I live and write on Lingít Aaní, and gratefully acknowledge the past, present and future caretakers of this beautiful place, the Jilkaat Kwaan and Jilkoot Kwaan.

The best thing, or one of the best things about December, is that I can walk with friends and dogs at dawn after a swim and breakfast. This morning we were full of chatter. Okay, I was, mostly. I had been nudged, by one of my walking friends who is a quiet, gentle fisherman, to spend a little time learning about a mine.The Palmer Project is in the fairly advanced stages of exploration by Constantine Metal Resources Ltd.  on a tributary of the Chilkat River upstream from here.

The other good thing about December is that the long nights are good for reading and poking around on the internet.

While we walked, we talked about how we sometimes feel a bit helpless to solve the world’s problems– we can’t  go to Africa and help with Ebola, none of us are even EMTs, much less nurses or doctors. Is switching to LED Christmas lights really enough to slow climate change? But what about this river we love and that potential copper, zinc, silver, and gold  mine right here, that has both local and global implications?

The more we know about it, the better able we will be to ask the proper questions and understand the answers. From time to time I’ll be posting links to resources about Haines’  Palmer  Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide(VMS) Project and other mines of that same Massive Sulphide type and how they mix with rivers and salmon, beginning today,  with the Constantine Metal Resources site. There’s a lot of information here.