Chuck Derrick

In fall of 1971 at the age of 20 my dad and I drove a Ford Maverick from Minnesota to Fairbanks (1,000 miles of gravel then) where I would attend the University of Alaska and graduate with a B.S. degree in wildlife management. I have worked temporary positions with ADF&G commercial fisheries division out of Petersburg and Wrangell and a stint with the sport fisheries division in Fairbanks. In 1975 I went to work building the TAPS oil pipeline and stayed in construction for the next 30 years. I am married with 3 grown children and have resided off of 7 mile Chena Hot Springs Road since 1983. I am an outdoors fanatic. Hunting, fishing (salt and freshwater), dipnetting, trapping, boating, snowmachining and 4-wheeling is how I spend my recreation time. I have served on the Chitina Dipnetters Association board of directors for 37 years. I am also a member on the Fairbanks Fish & Game Advisory Committee. I started dipnetting at Chitina in the late 70's and have been involved in most of the fights to preserve that fishery. It's a fishery like no other state has and allows Alaskan residents the opportunity to supplement their families' annual food supply with wild salmon from the Copper River. It's up to all of us dipnetters to be good stewards of this fishery and remember how fortunate we are for this yearly opportunity.