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The staff, clients, board – this dedicated team works day in and day out to empower people to stand up for their rights and keep Alaska wild.

Intern makes way to Alaska via Zoom!

I am so grateful to the legal team at Trustees for being willing to work with me over Zoom. It’s certainly been a unique summer experience! The four-hour time difference means the occasional evening phone call—and while my team members in Alaska are happy that temperatures have just started hitting 70, I’ve been timing my daily runs to avoid afternoon highs of 90+ degrees. In these challenging times, I am so thankful for the work that the incredible team at Trustees is doing to safeguard our country’s most special places. I’v… 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

Welcoming new folks, celebrating new roles

The “hunker down” that started in March didn’t lighten our workload, but it did slow down our efforts to bring new folks onto the Trustees team. We’re happy and honored to welcome them now, and to celebrate a few Trustees folks taking on new roles.… Read More

A farewell from Valerie Brown

I have spent most of my life in Alaska, and most of my career at Trustees for Alaska, so it is with some sadness that I have decided to stop the full-time practice of law. The staff at Trustees, and the people we represent have been what motivates me to do this work. There is not anywhere else I would rather work or any place else I would rather live. Though I’m retiring from fulltime legal work, I’m staying right here in Alaska, and I plan to continue to support the protection of the fish, wildlife, air and water that we all need to survive and thrive. … Read More

We cannot let up!

When I first saw the photo of my dad standing next to a pile of snow that towered above his head, I felt my first sense of awe for Alaska. I was three years old. My dad had gone to … 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

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