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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 July 2020: Look for the light

I’m packing right now for a trip to McNeil River next week. I need a break from computer screens and nonstop news. Hanging out with bears seems like a good refuge right now. I’m grateful I can do it, and aware that not everyone can. We all have to look for the light where we can, though, and lately I’ve found it in the streets and in courtrooms.… Read More

Alaska News Brief June 2020: Endless pressure, endlessly applied

I came to Trustees as a staff attorney in 2007 and recall how excited we all were when Valerie decided to return to Trustees in 2011. For the last nine years, I have had the incredible fortune to work with her and learn how to become a more effective advocate. And on her last day, true to her course, she left us all with the powerful words of Brock Evans, “Endless Pressure, endlessly applied.”… Read More

Missing Bella Hammond

Alaska has lost a true gem. Former Alaska First Lady Bella Hammond passed away peacefully with her family on
February 29, 2020. I am honored to have had her as a client in a Trustees’ case challenging Pebble’s mining exploration activities, and to call her friend.
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Turning to the sea

Our longtime friend and supporter Nancy Lord used to set-net on the west side of Alaska’s Cook Inlet. Beluga whales “often passed our camp in huge pods, often more than a hundred at a time, and sometimes when we were in our skiff we’d cut the motor just to drift among them,” she said. “They always avoided our nets.” … Read More

Alaska Brief–January 2020

I started at Trustees in 1994
as an intern working on Cook Inlet water quality issues, and later as a staff attorney and legal director who took the Pebble project to court in 2009. Yep,
we’re in court again on Pebble, and still fighting to keep pollutants out of Cook Inlet, but our partnerships and coalitions have evolved and grown.

In my nearly six years as
executive director, I’ve learned one thing–that change is coming, even when it
feels like the change we need won’t budge. … Read More

A reflection on Dr. King’s dream

We believe that you cannot separate the fight for civil rights and human rights from the fight for clean water and healthy foods—i.e., salmon returning to unpolluted rivers and caribou nourished on unindustrialized lands—and for the peoples’ voice and agency over their homelands and communities. Here, we share some of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that inspires our work. … Read More

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