America’s Arctic

Protecting the Arctic’s wilderness, wildlife and communities

Alaska Native people have lived and thrived in the Arctic for thousands of years. Their way of life depends on it. America’s Arctic provides key habitat for wildlife, including whales, polar bears, caribou, wildfowl and shorebirds.
Oil and gas development, mining, and industrial development have significant impacts on the health of the Arctic. Trustees for Alaska fights to preserve the iconic and pristine quality of the Arctic by providing free legal counsel to clients and coalitions that depend on and value its health.
Our latest Arctic work includes:
  • Trustees works to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from harmful oil and gas exploration and development.
  • Trustees works to protect the designated special areas within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, often called the Western Arctic.
  • Trustees works to stop a proposed road through Gates of the Arctic National Park to the Ambler Mining District.
Click stories below for updates about what Trustees is doing to preserve the Arctic for current and future generations.

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Gwich’in Nation resolves to protect Arctic Refuge

Gwich’in Nation resolves to protect Arctic Refuge

In June, delegates of the Gwich’in Nation unanimously reaffirmed a resolution to protect the birthplace and nursery grounds of the Porcupine caribou…
Alaskans rally for the Arctic Refuge

Alaskans rally for the Arctic Refuge

Rally for the Arctic: Help the Gwich’in protect their way of life Last month, hundreds of Alaskans showed up at public hearings…
Alaska Brief Newsletter–May 2018

Alaska Brief Newsletter–May 2018

Here in Alaska, the month of May often lingers longer than our patience. With winter and taxes behind us, and hiking, biking…
It’s time to stand with the Gwich’in

It’s time to stand with the Gwich’in

The Trump administration ignored public opinion and human rights last month when it launched a rushed 60-day process to lease for oil…
Interior steamrolls oil and gas leasing in the Arctic Refuge

Interior steamrolls oil and gas leasing in the Arctic Refuge

On April 20, the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Interior Department began its review process for opening the Arctic…
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