Our Mission

We use the law to protect and defend Alaska’s lands, waters, wildlife, and people.
With our expertise not only in Federal statutes and regulations but also in Alaska’s unique legal framework – Alaska is the only state with an entire constitutional article aimed at safeguarding natural resources within its boundaries – we have set legal precedents and won significant victories.

Our Vision

A wild and vibrant Alaska where fish, wildlife, and people thrive.
   

Values we live by

  • Leadership in our approach to emerging conservation issues and priority campaigns

  • Respect for people, cultures, and environment

  • Excellence in our work

  • Innovation in the way we use the law to protect Alaska

  • Integrity in who we are and how we work

  • Perseverance in addressing our challenges

  • Foresight in anticipating and preparing for new environmental threats

  • Passion for protecting the wildlands, wildlife, and people of Alaska

Our History

Trustees for Alaska is a homegrown nonprofit public interest environmental law firm. We provide legal services to protect and defend public lands, waterways, clean air, wildlife, and communities. Our client list includes local and national conservation groups, Native villages, communities, citizen groups, statewide coalitions, hunting and fishing groups, and individual Alaskans. We support and represent all people, for each person and community uniquely experiences the natural environment. We offer our services free of charge for most of our Alaska clients, because they they could not otherwise access or afford an attorney. Established in 1974, Trustees for Alaska remains the legal backbone of environmental advocacy in Alaska. Our lawyers know Alaska’s issues and help shape Alaska’s environmental future. They work on issues ranging from oil and gas development and large mining projects to toxic wastes, air and water pollution, public land use, wildlife preservation, and the protection of marine resources. Our successes have set significant legal precedent in environmental law on state and national levels, and our work benefits Alaska’s environment and human communities. Our efforts include specific effort to help villages protect their food and water sources to more comprehensive efforts to reduce carbon emissions and fossil fuel extraction to address the catastrophic impacts of climate change, particularly on fragile Arctic and subarctic ecosystems. Our work relies on donations from foundations and individuals who care about protecting Alaska’s natural places and ecosystems. For more information on our work, please visit the program section on our website.