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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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,…
Trump administration targets Arctic Refuge again

Trump administration targets Arctic Refuge again

The Trump administration has once again targeted the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil, this time skirting the law by pushing for…
Alaska Brief Newsletter–August 2017

Alaska Brief Newsletter–August 2017

On fish stories and protests The people of Bristol Bay will share the big fish story of 2017 for years to come.…
BLM puts drilling before subsistence

BLM puts drilling before subsistence

The Bureau of Land Management is trying to use its 2017 oil and gas lease sale to undermine protections to the Western…
Alaska Brief Newsletter–July 2017

Alaska Brief Newsletter–July 2017

When it comes to how our current leaders grapple with the health of Americans and the health of public lands, we have…
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