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.
Nuiqsuit Subsistence Users Speak Out against Court Decision

Nuiqsuit Subsistence Users Speak Out against Court Decision

REVISED from 5/26 For Immediate Release: May 27, 2015 Contact: Brian Litmans, Senior Staff Attorney, Trustees for Alaska, (907) 433-2007 Nuiqsuit Subsistence…

Court Rules Against Nuiqsut Subsistence Users

Court Rules Against Nuiqsut Subsistence Users

U.S. District Court ruled against Nuiqsut subsistence users when it approved a permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps pf Engineers for a Conoco Phillips’ oil and gas project near the community of Nuiqsut.

President Obama Recommends Wilderness for the Arctic Refuge

President Obama Recommends Wilderness for the Arctic Refuge

President Obama announced in late January his plans to recommend Wilderness for 12.28 million acres of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, including the…

Important Cases in 2015

Important Cases in 2015

Trustees for Alaska is working on important conservation issues and legal cases in 2015. Even with our limited resources, we have a…

2014: The Year in Review

2014: The Year in Review

Looking back over the last twelve months, Trustees for Alaska and everyone who loves Alaska have a lot to celebrate. Trustees had…

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