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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Congress allows drilling in Arctic Refuge

Congress allows drilling in Arctic Refuge

Today, Congress used a fast-track budget process to force through a measure opening the crown jewel of the Wildlife Refuge System —…
Celebrate the Arctic Refuge!

Celebrate the Arctic Refuge!

  “Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small, Was singing! Without any presents at all!” –Dr. Seuss, “How the…
Speak out against the proposed road to Ambler

Speak out against the proposed road to Ambler

Alaskans and Americans can speak out now against the proposed road to Ambler that would put a 211-mile road in a thriving, wild area that…
Drill bill threatens the Arctic Refuge

Drill bill threatens the Arctic Refuge

Trustees’ attorney Suzanne Bostrom talked to reporters yesterday about the substance of the proposed legislation to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.…
Alaska Brief Newsletter–September 2017

Alaska Brief Newsletter–September 2017

Polar bears and sea snails tell a human story I just got back from Barter Island and the Inupiaq village of Kaktovik,…
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