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.

Supreme Court to hear Sturgeon case

Supreme Court to hear Sturgeon case

The U.S. Supreme Court decided today to hear a case concerning the National Park Service’s authority to regulate boating activities on rivers…
It’s time to stand with the Gwich’in

It’s time to stand with the Gwich’in

The Trump administration ignored public opinion and human rights last month when it launched a rushed 60-day process to lease for oil…
Will Alaska Supreme Court let Alaskans vote on how the state protects fish?

Will Alaska Supreme Court let Alaskans vote on how the state protects fish?

Trustees for Alaska went to the Alaska Supreme Court today to argue that the Alaska Constitution guarantees Alaskans the right to use…
Alaskans want Bristol Bay protected

Alaskans want Bristol Bay protected

Why hurry through a public comment period for a controversial mega-mining proposal that could destroy Bristol Bay salmon runs and communities? There’s…
Feds rush Pebble review

Feds rush Pebble review

Why did Nunamta Aulukestai, a coalition of Alaska Native Village Corporations and tribes, condemn the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its…
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