In summer months, Monica Zappa is hard at work with fishing partner Tim Osmar, working his set net site at Kasilof on the Kenai Peninsula for sockeye salmon.

In winter months, the couple, who live off the grid in the Peninsula's Caribou Hills, are mushing dogs.

Since 2012 they have been mushing for a cause they care deeply about, protecting the salmon and salmon habitat of Bristol Bay from the dangers of large scale mines.

When Zappa set out on her third Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at Willow on March 6, a banner proclaiming "clean water, wild salmon" was affixed to her sled.

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