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 huge 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 tundra. 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 Refuge is essential to the protection of the people and the wildlife that depend on the region.

Trustees for Alaska defends the Arctic from these threats, preserving the area for current and future generations. Read more about what we’re doing here.

40 Years of Defending Alaska – 1974-2014

40 Years of Defending Alaska – 1974-2014

1974-1984: THE FIRST DECADE Beirne Homestead InitiativeTrustees for Alaska challenged the constitutionality of the Beirne Homestead Initiative, which would have given away…

Alaska Brief Newsletter: November 2014

Alaska Brief Newsletter: November 2014

In this issue: Of Predators and Prey, Ambler Road, Bristol Bay Forever! View Alaska Brief in HTML (May take a few moments…

The Road to Ambler: An Endangered Wild

The Road to Ambler: An Endangered Wild

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, the United States’ premier wilderness park, stretches across the Arctic Divide and the Brooks…

Alaska Brief – July 2014

Alaska Brief – July 2014

Arctic Refuge Threatened, Walt Leaves Alaska a Better Place, Shop and Give: News from Trustees for Alaska Alaska Brief  is Trustees for…

Trustees Works to Protect the Coastal Plain of the Arctic Refuge

Trustees Works to Protect the Coastal Plain of the Arctic Refuge

Trustees for Alaska is going to court once again to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and its Coastal Plain. This time,…

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