They were there to dedicate a new sculpture that now adorns the rebuilt railings on a pedestrian bridge crossing the creek there. From the bridge, earlier in August, I was able to see hundreds of Sockeye and Coho salmon, as they swam upstream, to spawn in Wasilla, Cottonwood, Little Neklason, Neklason or Cornelius Lakes.
|Metal Artist Holly Gittlein, cutting the ribbon|
The dedication was also the occasion of the public announcement of the re-branding of Friends of Mat-Su, the Valley's most effective environmental organization, as Envision Mat-Su. Here is Envision Mat-SU Board of Directors President, Bonny Harter, introducing the organization's Executive Director, Jeremiah Millen, as he explains both the reorganization, and the partnerships that went into getting this effective piece of public art put into place:
It is important that this first partnership of the newly restructured organization, included the City of Wasilla, the Mat-Su Borough, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Here is the dedication cake: