The Susitna River Coalition includes a growing community of more than 23,000 individuals, groups, and businesses from around Alaska and the nation who support a free-flowing Susitna River and the healthy communities it sustains. Our immediate work is to stop the proposed Susitna mega dam through collaboration, education, advocacy and awareness of the values of an intact Susitna watershed. Our long-term work is to establish permanent protection for the river.

Based in Talkeetna, a community central to the Susitna ecosystem, SRC includes a core group of volunteers that work in key teams and on the Board of Directors. In addition, dozens of active volunteers from around the region and several contractors help carry out our mission to stop the dam and protect the river. SRC operates as an efficient and streamlined organization, directing resources directly into the campaign.


Board President: Mike Wood

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Vice President: Laura Wright

Laura has worn many hats in the more than 20 years she has lived in Talkeetna, from park ranger to snow plow operator to seamstress. She enjoys exploring the Susitna Watershed and cherishes the wild place she calls home. In winter, Laura and her three dogs skijor on the frozen rivers, while the recent purchase of a pack raft has enabled summer adventures on the rivers in their liquid state. Laura feels that, frozen or not, the waters are nourishing to her soul and worth working to protect.

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Board Treasurer: Becky Long

Becky is a long time Talkeetna area resident with strong ties to the land and waters of the Susitna River Watershed. Retired from commercial fishing and Alaskan tourism, she is a community activist who received the 2015 Celia Hunter Award for Outstanding Volunteer Contributions from the Alaska Conservation Foundation. Work on herbicide spraying on public lands and borough and state land management plans, policies and issues brought her to membership on committees of the Alaska Railroad and Mat Su Borough Comprehensive Plan advisory committees. A veteran of the 1980s Susitna Dam incarnation, she has been involved in fighting the current dam plan since 2010.

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Board Secretary: Heather Spore

Heather holds a Masters of Science degree in Marine Biology/Ecology & Evolution from the University of Hawaii Manoa. Since moving to Alaska in 2009, she has worked for State, private, and non-governmental organizations as a fish biologist conducting research and conservation of freshwater and marine species. Currently, she is an Adjunct Professor at Mat-Su College in Palmer. In her spare time, she loves to ski, host dinner parties, and arrange fresh flowers. She lives in Talkeetna with her husband and two dogs.

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Board Member: Whitney Wolff

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Board Member: Howard Carbone

Howard grew up in Michigan, earned a Masters degree in biology, then found his way to Alaska in 1993 to work as a Naturalist Guide and Education Specialist in Denali National Park. A decade later, Howard and his wife, Noelle, founded Alaska Nature Guides. With an emphasis on responsibility to communities and the natural world, this enterprise supports naturalist hiking guides who help visitors explore and enjoy forests, waters, wilderness, and trails in the Susitna River Valley.

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Board Member: Matthew Farina

Matthew is from Talkeetna, Alaska and grew up playing hockey, snowmobiling, and snowboarding. After high school, he served in the navy for almost 4 years including one tour in Afghanistan. After getting out of the military he started skydiving, became a snowboard instructor, and started attending college.  He recently graduated college with a mechanical engineering degree and is pursuing his Master’s in Public Administration with a focus on Policy Analysis. Matt’s experiences have given him an appreciation for the outdoors and an education in science and public policy that will be well used for protecting the Susitna River Watershed.

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Board Member: Corinne Marzullo

Corinne is a Civil Engineer for the Forest Service. She works on stream restoration projects all over the country improving habitat and promoting fish life. Along with her love for the water,  she also enjoys hiking, biking, skiing and playing hockey. Corinne lives in Talkeetna with her partner and two dogs who enjoy the beautiful Susitna River Watershed.

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SRC Director: Melissa Heuer

Melissa is a born and raised Alaskan who returned home with a passion for protecting our wild places, our unique communities, and our rich ecosystems. She is a lover of Alaska’s wild places and wild foods. When she is not in the woods or on the water, she can be found preserving the bounty from her garden or tending to her many bee hives. With a background in biology and an MBA in Systems Dynamics, she is passionate about Alaska and ensuring a free-flowing and healthy Susitna basin for generations to come.

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Contact us:

Phone: (907) 733-5400

E-mail: [email protected]

PO Box 320

Talkeetna, AK 99676

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