A look back on “that hovercraft case”

You might have heard Governor Dunleavy recently announce the “Unlock Alaska” initiative. Through it, he basically dares federal agencies to regulate any waterway running through federal lands, and encourages Alaska citizens to flout federal regulations. This is political posturing, for sure, a flawed interpretation of the State’s authority, and a bizarre attempt at a power grab certain to lead to extensive litigation. … Read More

A tribute to Deborah “Shocky” Greenberg

Our dear friend Shocky Greenberg died of cancer on May 5, 2021. Shocky put her love of conservation and her law degree to practice on the Trustees’ board for many years. Below, another former Trustees board member Bob Childers shares his memories of Shocky and her life as a thinker, an advocate, and a kind and lasting friend.… Read More

Making the 30 x 30 plan work

On day one of his presidency, President Biden signed an executive order committing to climate action. The order includes a 30 x 30 plan that sounds simple enough: Protect 30 percent of the nation’s lands and oceans by 2030 to confront the climate emergency and protect the health of people and animals. What does that look like on the ground and will it be enough? … Read More

Alaska New Brief March 2021: A year can change everything… and nothing

It’s hard to believe it has been a year since we first hunkered down due to the pandemic.

The concept of time has been unreal—it dragged, it sped up, it stood still. And in the midst of it all, we faced an existential crisis to our democracy, an ongoing racial reckoning, and so much loss—the loss of so many lives to COVID and racist violence and injustice. The loss of connection to family, friends, coworkers, social gatherings, and even purpose and meaning. A year can change everything and nothing at all. The months from last March to this March certainly proves it.… Read More

Our 2021 view of the lawsuits and issues

Things look far rosier now than a year ago when it comes to public lands management, clean air and water, protecting wildlife and tackling the climate crisis. The Biden administration came out of the gate with clear actions that make climate and environmental health a key component of every decision-making process across all departments. But prior federal actions and lawsuits mean the work has in many ways just begun.… Read More

Our pandemic year

In our pandemic year, there were puzzles, and losses, and baked goods, and trying times, and getting outside, and dogs, and hunkering down, and cats, and longing. Here we share what we learned, what we missed, and what we look forward to in the months to come.… Read More

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