Wild Lands and Wildlife

Defending public lands and wildlife for everyone

The public owns 80 percent of Alaska. These public lands include parks, forests, refuges, wilderness areas and other lands of spectacular beauty. These places teem with healthy populations of a diverse array of animals that make up our American wildlife heritage, including whales, wolves, caribou, moose, bears, wolverines, salmon and 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.
Under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, Alaska gained substantial protections for lands of national importance. Agencies regulate some of these lands for multiple uses, while facing intense pressure to open other protected areas to development. Demands for increased motorized access, new road construction, oil and gas exploration, aggressive predator control measures, large-scale industrial mining, and other harmful development threaten these lands and the wildlife dependent on them. Trustees keeps a watchful eye on how state and federal agencies enforce the laws and regulations meant to safeguard our public lands and resources.
Our latest Wild Lands and Wildlife program work includes:
  • Trustees work to protect internationally-recognized habitat and Wilderness of the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Trustees supports the National Park Service’s efforts to prevent the State of Alaska from allowing predator control activities, like bear baiting, in National Preserves.
Click stories below to find out what Trustees is doing to protect state and national public lands in Alaska.

Still standing for salmon

Still standing for salmon

If there’s one thing we learned from the last election cycle, it’s that Alaskans care about salmon. No, Alaska voters did not…
Supreme Court hears hovercraft case

Supreme Court hears hovercraft case

Today the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that has broader implications than John Sturgeon’s desire to use a…
Donuts and bears don’t mix

Donuts and bears don’t mix

It sounds sketchy because it is—using spotlights in dens to kill grizzly sows with cubs, wolves with cubs, or using donuts to…
Our salmon need you

Our salmon need you

Help us fight for the future of Alaska salmon  Bristol Bay salmon broke all records this summer. The largest recorded run of…
The legal waiting game

The legal waiting game

Trustees and its clients will play the legal waiting game this fall while waiting for several District Court decisions. These rulings could…
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