The life blood of our region - the basis for a culture, economy and community. The Copper River and Prince William Sound are spectacular watersheds that host a rich, plentiful, unique and roadless pristine ecosystem that supports one of the most sought after wild salmon runs in the world, known as the Copper River wild salmon. One of the last truly wild places on earth.
The most sought after and famous wild salmon on the planet return annually to the pristine and nutrient rich waters and forests of the Copper River watershed. Yet, there are no preservation or protection policies in place anywhere on the Copper River or in the Delta. EPC is working on several conservation initiatives to protect, in perpetuity, the Copper River and its wild salmon.
Indigenous culture, and the preservation of traditional values and intrinsic connections to the land and waters, is the cornerstone principle of our work. The words subsistence, spirituality, and sovereignty may have obscure meanings for many Americans, but to Native people, these three words are guiding concepts that carry great importance for our every day lives.
EPC seeks to promote and catalyze renewable economic avenues that incorporate appropriate technologies for sustainable communities. We promote education and awareness regarding sustainable practices, subsistence, and the wild-salmon-way-of-life in our region. EPC hosts people and events to bolster these actives in our local community of Cordova, Alaska.
Our mission: to honor Eyak Hertiage and to conserve wild salmon culture and habitat through education, awareness and the promotion of sustainable lifeways for all peoples.
EPC's work ensures that the salmon will continue to return to their birthplace and nurture the ecosystems of which they are a fundamentally important species. It also ensures that the community of local subsistence and commercial fishers in the region will continue to flourish. Essential to local economic sustainability is bioregional conservation, and our little corner of the world is a microcosm baseline model for the planet. This is one of the last wild places on planet earth where we still have a chance to get it right, by leaving it alone - wild and thriving. Please use this site to investigate and propagate our message. Learn more