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Honoring Elizabeth Peratrovich

The first anti-discrimination law in a U.S. state or territory passed in Alaska in 1945, and was signed into law on Feb. 16–or what we now know as Elizabeth Peratrovich Day in Alaska. She brought her experience, intelligence, and potent oratory skills to the legislative chamber on the day of the vote to cut through the palpable and overt racism. … 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

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

Alaska News Brief September 2020: A bedrock law in peril

The National Environmental Policy Act, affectionately called NEPA in the alphabet soup of environmental law, is the cornerstone law that requires the federal government to look at the environmental, economic, social, and health impacts of any decision that might impact the environment. 
It applies to federal permitting decisions like those related to logging, mining, transportation, oil and gas extraction, and infrastructure like pipelines. It also applies to consequential multi-year land management plans that can set out how federal lands may be subjected to extractive projects. 

Most important, it gives local people and the public generally the chance to participate in the federal decision-making process to convey their concerns, knowledge, approval, and disapproval.… Read More

Alaska News Brief August 2020: The Long term consequences of greed

Like a lot of you, I feel a sense of chaos and overwhelm more than usual these days. The feeling can make it hard to remember everything in the last three years that has challenged our ability as human beings to make the world just and livable for everyone. But it’s important to remember everything–all the pieces, and how they fit together in driving toward long-term outcomes.… Read More

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