Eyak Preservation Council (EPC)
The Eyak Preservation Council (EPC), Based in Cordova, Alaska, is a 501c3 grassroots environmental and social change organization dedicated to promoting sustainable communities and protecting and preserving wild salmon habitat and Indigenous culture in the ancestral Eyak homelands of the Prince William Sound and Copper River watersheds.
EPC was conceived on the day of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989. That disastrous event turned Eyak founder, Dune Lankard, from a commercial fisherman into a life-long community activist. EPC thereby was formed and dedicated to not only preserving the wild salmon way-of-life and Native Culture, but to turning the Exxon disaster into a precedent setting opportunity for conservation. In 1995, EPC protected 765,000 acres of ancestral rainforests from the clear-cutting efforts of regional Native Corporations in the Exxon spillzone.
EPC received its 501c3 status in 2001 and has been linking wild salmon habitat preservation, environmental justice, and cultural preservation with sustainable economic solutions ever since. EPC’s goal is to protect wild salmon habitat permanently by envisioning and creating sustainable communities in which society, economics, and education all reinforce the wild salmon way of life.