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Every month the Trustees for Alaska monthly Alaska Brief newsletter contains the latest news in the fight for conservation and environmental law.

Alaska News Brief August 2021: When the raspberries pop

The raspberries in my yard started to pop this week, sweet and plump, and fiery purple fireweed blooms started to reach their peak. It gets dark now, too, and animals fervently prepare for winter—as do we. 

August tells me to gather and process food, button up summer projects, finish chores, prepare for winter, and soak up the last warmth of sunny (though cooler) days every chance I get. Predictably, and also suddenly, summer’s end foretells itself via wilted flowers and late season blossoms, growth surges and decay.… Read More

Alaska News Brief June 2021: Getting your hands dirty helps

A few weeks ago, I took some time off to pick up some flowers from the nursery and put up a small greenhouse. I spent days planting and tending and getting my hands dirty. I’m loving the red, purple, white and blue hues of the blooms, and the greening up of tomato and cucumber starts. I worked up a sweat in the yard last weekend, and basked in the much-needed warmth and sunshine. Mental health has been on my mind these days.… 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

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 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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