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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

Support the Western Arctic now!

Speak up now to keep and expand protected areas in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, or the Western Arctic. The places currently designated as Special Areas recognize that people and animals rely on interconnected natural systems, not fragmented migratory routes and disrupted watersheds. … Read More

The Western Arctic needs you

Last month the Bureau of Land Management proposed a revised management plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, or the Western Arctic. The agency’s draft environmental impact statement for the plan offers four alternatives — one that would keep the existing plan in place and three that would revise the plan to open additional, currently protected areas to oil and gas extraction. What we nee is more protection, not less. … Read More

Alaska Brief–November 2019

Most of us know someone–or are someone–who finds it hard or even impossible to sit in the same room with a family member because of politics. It makes sense considering the chasms that have worsened these past few years. Many of us feel threatened in one way or another and struggle with how to bridge the divide. Building bridges across the dinner table can help us mend and come together to solve the problems ahead of us. … Read More

Another Arctic land grab

The Trump administration continues to put industry interests ahead of public health and the protection of land, water, wildlife, and people in what looks to be another Arctic land grab in Alaska. BLM announced it will reveal a plan that would potentially gut protections for designated Special Areas within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, or Western Arctic, that are essential to the health of Arctic wildlife and people. … Read More

The NPRA leasing process is broken

The National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska —also known as the Western Arctic—provides rich wildlife habitat that nourishes the animals and people who rely on its continued health. Yet the Bureau of Land Management continues to hold lease sales in the area without … Read More

Alaska Brief–January 2019

  Federal employees got zero dollars on their paychecks. Air and water quality monitoring ceased in some communities. Trash accumulated at national parks. The consequences of the current government shutdown are severe and enduring, and will only get worse as … Read More

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