Sprinting to court to stop the Arctic Refuge sell-off

We sprinted to court this week to stop the outgoing administration from selling off sacred and public lands in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge during the last days of its term.
The motion requests a preliminary injunction that stops the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from issuing any leases and from authorizing any seismic exploration activities.… Read More

We just sued Interior for illegal, premature approval of massive Arctic oil and gas project

We’re taking the Interior Department, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to court for unlawfully and prematurely authorizing the ConocoPhillips Willow Master Plan despite its known harms to people and wildlife. BLM approved the Willow proposal in late October, despite the lack of a permit application and despite serious concerns from the public about the agency rushing the public process during a pandemic. … Read More

Legal fellow Lauren Sherman wants to protect the magical and essential

Legal fellow Lauren Sherman joined Trustees in September. Here, she talks about how her childhood interest in being an environmentalist took a turn to the law: As a child surrounded by estuaries in Florida, I loved spending an afternoon watching a great blue heron stalk fish or manatees feeding in shallow beds of seagrass. It struck me as magical to see how each organism, no matter how small, contributed to the entire system.… Read More

Speak out for wildlife in the Kenai Refuge

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.

This proposed rule would also allow trapping of wolves, lynx and other animals dangerously close to popular trails, campgrounds and recreation areas used by people with children and pets.… Read More

Growing up in the mountains inspires climber to protect Alaska lands

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

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