In June 2020, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed allowing manipulative and dangerous hunting practices, such as baiting brown bears, on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
Lang Van Dommelen joined Trustees as legal assistant in June 2020. Here, Lang talks about how growing up in Alaska and spending so much time outside has inspired him to protect Alaska landscapes for generations to come:
“I was always outside, even when doing household chores (chopping wood and hauling water), but it was rock climbing that cemented my relationship with the outdoors. By 17, I lived and breathed climbing. By college, I learned to shape my class and work schedules around getting to a crag or gym to climb…”… Read More
Joanna Cahoon’s move to a fellowship with Trustees allows her to shift her legal focus and continue fighting for everyone’s voice:
What matters to me most is preserving the wild places that nourish us for the next generation, so when I got the opportunity to change gears and join Trustees for Alaska, I did not pass it up.… Read More
Being in the mountains was always something I dreamt about. I grew up in Detroit, Michigan where the tallest mountain peaks at 1,979 feet. So, when I had the chance to go to Alaska and work in Denali National Park, I jumped. North America’s highest mountain would be in my backyard. Everything about Alaska was larger than life!… Read More
The National Environmental Policy Act, affectionately called NEPA in the alphabet soup of environmental law, is the cornerstone law that requires the federal government to look at the environmental, economic, social, and health impacts of any decision that might impact the environment.
It applies to federal permitting decisions like those related to logging, mining, transportation, oil and gas extraction, and infrastructure like pipelines. It also applies to consequential multi-year land management plans that can set out how federal lands may be subjected to extractive projects.
Most important, it gives local people and the public generally the chance to participate in the federal decision-making process to convey their concerns, knowledge, approval, and disapproval.… Read More
Our August lawsuits charge Interior and federal agencies with derailing public input, denying and ignoring science, and plowing over human rights and local voices to give away sacred and public lands, and allow the devastation of wildlife and wildlife habitat for political gains and corporate profits.… Read More