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
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
Joanna Cahoon’s move to a fellowship with Trustees allows her to shift her legal focus and continue fighting for everyone’s voice:
What matters to me most is preserving the wild places that nourish us for the next generation, so when I got the opportunity to change gears and join Trustees for Alaska, I did not pass it up.… Read More
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
No, the “discrimination” of oil companies is not a thing You might have heard the good news that five of the six biggest banks in the country have ruled out funding new drilling in the Arctic. This started with Goldman … Read More
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
I have experienced many, many bear encounters–coastal brown bears in southwest and southeast Alaska, and black bears in central Alaska—but when I joined a trip to Barter Island with five other participants I got my first chance to see the “white bears” as the people we met in the Arctic called them. … Read More