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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Gathering for the public interest

Gathering for the public interest

Our newest attorney Bridget Psarianos joined thousands of people from around the country in a gathering to share information about issues related to…
Interior disregards human rights in rush to lease Refuge

Interior disregards human rights in rush to lease Refuge

Officials from the Interior Department set up meetings in Kaktovik, Utgiagvik, Fairbanks and Anchorage to advance their agenda of leasing the Arctic…
Ambler project endangers wildlife and people

Ambler project endangers wildlife and people

Mining interests want to cut through public lands and wildlife habitat to build a state funded access road to the Ambler Mining…
Trustees grew up protecting the Arctic Refuge

Trustees grew up protecting the Arctic Refuge

Trustees for Alaska grew up protecting the Arctic Refuge. In fact, we fought for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge before it had…
We’re taking the Trump administration to court

We’re taking the Trump administration to court

Lawsuit challenges Trump administration’s Western Arctic lease sale Trustees for Alaska filed a lawsuit today that challenges the Department of the Interior and…
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