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
Vice President: Laura Wright
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.
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.
Board Member: Whitney Wolff
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.
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 an outdoors enthusiast and 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.
Phone: (907) 733-5400
E-mail: [email protected]
PO Box 320
Talkeetna, AK 99676