Thursday, August 02, 2007

Bob Penney on the Web 2 - Philanthropist and Environmentalist

Google comes up with lots of Penney material related to the land deal, but for someone so prominent so long, there is precious little pre-land deal that comes up on Penney.

Thank you Bob Penney and the Kenai Peninsula!
Bob has issued this Challenger Grant for the next three years to be matched for a total of $100,000.

Thank you to all who supported the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in 2006!

Testimony of Mr. Robert C. Penney
before the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy
August 21, 2002
Anchorage, Alaska

Introductory Remarks

The U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy has asked me to identify issues in my area of experience, and to make recommendations on how policies can be developed to resolve these issues. My experience is as an Alaska businessman who has worked closely with governmental processes for the past 51 years to promote stewardship of ocean and coastal resources, and especially the conservation of our fishery resources. My experience as a founder of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, a conservation and sportsfishing advocacy group, has convinced me that protection of critical habitats is the foundation for proper stewardship of living marine resources. As co-founder of the Ted Stevens Kenai River Classic, I am proud to say sportfishermen through this event have raised more than $3 million during the last nine years for salmon habitat protection, public education and scientific research. My efforts to insure access of the sportsfishing public to these same resources has also taught me how little we know about the marine and marine-related environments, in spite of the many advances in knowledge in the second half of the 20th Century. As a final note on my experience, my special interest has long been the protection and sustained harvest of salmon, an animal that starts life in freshwater but goes on to gain nearly all of its adult weight in marine waters. Working with salmon has taught me that marine ecosystems do not stop at the shoreline. As the long-term fate of Alaska’s coastal watersheds is highly dependent on proper stewardship of coastal and ocean resources, my issues address marine, and marine-related ecosystems that cover both oceans and watersheds.

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