Wild Lands and Wildlife

Watching over public lands and the wildlife dependent on them

Eighty percent of Alaska consists of publicly owned state and federal lands. Alaska parks, forests, refuges, and other public lands are vast areas of spectacular beauty. They teem with healthy populations of wildlife, from whales to wolves, caribou to bears, and salmon to birds. Many of these species are unique to the far north or have been endangered or eliminated from areas in the rest of the country. Some are endangered even within Alaska’s vast expanses of natural habitat. Under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (“ANILCA”), the most significant land conservation measure in our history, Alaska gained substantial protections for our lands of national importance. However, many are regulated for multiple-use, including resource development. Other protected lands are under intense and constant pressure to be made available for resource development. Demands for increased motorized access, new road construction, oil and gas exploration, large-scale industrial mining, and other inappropriate development threaten these lands and the wildlife dependent on them. What happens on these lands has impacts far beyond their borders. And laws and regulations are not always enforced. It is imperative that we keep a watchful eye on the state and federal land and wildlife management agencies.
Our latest Wild Lands and Wildlife program work includes:
  • Defending the Secretary of Interior’s decision to protect the internationally-recognized habitat and Wilderness of the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Supporting the National Park Service’s efforts to prevent the State of Alaska from allowing predator control activities, like bear baiting, in National Preserves.
Scroll and click through the stories below to learn more about what Trustees for Alaska is doing to protect Alaska’s state and national public lands.
Alaska Brief Newsletter–October 2017

Alaska Brief Newsletter–October 2017

October brought good news I love the fall season. The smell of change cuts through the Alaska chill and reminds me that…
Ninth Circuit upholds NPS authority over waterways

Ninth Circuit upholds NPS authority over waterways

  The Ninth Circuit Court ruled today to uphold the National Park Service’s authority to manage boating activities on navigable rivers within…
13-year-old tells EPA to protect Bristol Bay

13-year-old tells EPA to protect Bristol Bay

Emily Charles organized a protest outside the Anchorage office of the Environmental Protection Agency in early August. The middle school activist invited…
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…
Taking heart from the wild

Taking heart from the wild

Kat, Catherine and Hannah finished their summer internships with Trustees, but they wrote their reflections on what they learned and accomplished, both in…
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