Alaska Brief Newsletter — January 2017
First, let me say thank you for your tremendous generosity to Trustees in your year-end giving!Because of you, we exceeded two matching grant challenges! Your gifts were doubled at a crucial time. Your support ensures that we are ready to fight the legal battles that await us in 2017. We cannot do this work without you, and you are the best partners ever!
Saying goodbye to a friend
I also want to express our deep gratitude to our colleague Lisa Oakley, who semi-retires this month. Lisa has played an instrumental role in building our development and communication capacity over the last three years. As my partner, Lisa has expanded our donor base, increased giving levels to ensure that our team–both legal and supporting–has the resources needed to protect and defend what we all love about Alaska. Her attention to detail and dogged work ethic will be missed and modeled by all of us.
Doggedness in the months and years to come
We will certainly need her doggedness in the years to come. As you know, the country’s legislative and executive agendas present a clear threat to Alaska’s wild places. Our Congressional Delegation has already introduced bills to open up a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain for oil and gas drilling and to build a road through wilderness in Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. Moreover, the president-elect’s chosen appointees have a demonstrated track record for undermining regulatory protections for clean air and water, and cozying up to industries’ challenges to those requirements.
Trustees presents during the inaugural 49 Moons event
You’ll find an overview of our concerns about the new administration in this newsletter. I will also talk about our strategies for protecting and defending Alaska in this new political environment at the inaugural 49 Moons gathering on January 27th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Hollomon Gallery in Anchorage. It’s free to attend. We simply ask that you RSVP at http://www.fortyninemoons.org/event-info.
49 Moons formed after the election as a forum where Alaskans can take action that’s inclusive, generous, truthful, courageous and compassionate. Those are values that Trustees shares!
I’m honored to present at the first event and hope to see you there!
PS: Your support of Trustees for Alaska is critical now more than ever.
A political tsunami will wash over the country on inauguration day. We don’t yet know what the damage will be, but we know it will make Trustees for Alaska’s work protecting and defending Alaska harder and more critical. There is a lot to be worried about in the years to come. Here’s a brief rundown on what’s on the chopping block and what’s at stake.
Pebble is not dead. The changing political and regulatory climate after November’s election has generated renewed interest in the mine, and Northern Dynasty has made it clear it’s looking for new investors.
Marie Kyle describes her internship at Trustees for Alaska as an all-around wonderful experience. She grew as both an attorney and an individual, as well as an Alaskan. Plus, wagging tails make everyone happier!