The good news, and the bad, for Alaska’s Arctic

While the Biden administration promises climate action and clean energy, and Alaska’s political leaders spout the “drill baby drill” mantra of fossil fuel dinosaurs, Alaskans and people around the world face enduring threats to their health, ways of life, and homes at the hands of industrialization and climate chaos. Now there’s more good bad news for Alaska’s Arctic.… Read More

Dunleavy’s bogus “Unlock Alaska” initiative

This the second in a series about how a Supreme Court decision has muddied the waters for agencies managing the use of rivers and streams on federal lands like national parks. In part two: Alaska Governor Dunleavy announced the “Unlock Alaska” initiative in late March with a vague and incredibly broad assertion of state sovereignty over navigable waters throughout Alaska. The initiative is as perplexing as it is misguided. … Read More

Alaska News Brief May 2021: Shining light on what the world could be

In our work, we sometimes talk about going on the defensive. For us, that means doing everything we can to hold the line in court when those with power make decisions and take actions that put the health of Alaska’s lands and communities, water and air at risk. Defensive work requires focusing on stopping harmful things and sometimes forgetting to shine the light on what we can build together. So today, I want to shine that light again on who we are and what we stand for.… Read More

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

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