America’s Arctic

PROTECTING AMERICA’S ONLY ARCTIC ECOSYSTEM

Alaska contains all of America’s Arctic lands and waters. These Arctic ecosystems are both vibrant and delicate. During the summer months, the Arctic is a rich and productive habitat for breeding marine mammals, wildfowl and shorebirds, and for rearing young caribou calves. It also is the lifeblood of Alaska Natives who have depended year-round on these ecosystems for thousands of years. But the Arctic is also fragile. Slight disruptions, changes in weather, and human activities have significant impacts on the Arctic ecosystem, taking the land decades to recover.

The largest threats to Arctic ecosystems continue to be resource extraction and related infrastructure—oil and gas drilling, large-scale mining projects, and roads crisscrossing delicate ecosystems. Climate change and increased industrial development are placing unprecedented stress on the region. With shrinking sea ice, this pressure now extends from the lands to the water. Ships are already sailing into Arctic seas where no ports or emergency equipment is available to deal with oil spills or other catastrophes. The wilderness character of the Arctic is on the brink of changing forever. Trustees’ role as the legal counsel for the Arctic is essential to the protection of the people and the wildlife that depend on the region.

Our latest Arctic program work includes:

Scroll and click through the stories below to learn more about what we’re doing to preserve the Arctic for current and future generations.
IMPORTANT CASES IN 2016

IMPORTANT CASES IN 2016

Trustees for Alaska’s important cases for 2016 in five programmatic areas of climate change, America’s Arctic, clean air and water, marine ecosystems, and wild lands and wildlife.
2015 Conservation Victories: The Year in Review

2015 Conservation Victories: The Year in Review

Trustees for Alaska achieved many victories for conservation during 2015 including protection of the Arctic Refuge, Pebble permits ruled unconstitutional, predators protected, and many more.
The Ambler Road to Ruin Grinds On

The Ambler Road to Ruin Grinds On

The Road to Ambler is a remnant from Governor Sean Parnell’s ill-conceived “Roads to Resources” program. This proposed 220-mile industrial access road…
Protecting Alaska’s Western Arctic

Protecting Alaska’s Western Arctic

Trustees for Alaska works to protect the Special Areas and wildlife resources of the National Petroleum Reserve–Alaska in the face of increased energy development and the escalating impacts of climate change.
ARCTIC SHIPPING ISSUES HEATING UP

ARCTIC SHIPPING ISSUES HEATING UP

Climate change is the biggest environmental issue of our time. A recent conference focused on development pressure in the Arctic, but did not address the impacts and how they will be addressed, especially in relation to global climate change.
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