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.
Why do I do this work?

Why do I do this work?

Vicki Clark, executive director This third rock from the sun is our one true home. But it has its limits. All of…
Keeping the wild in wildlife

Keeping the wild in wildlife

  Fighting to preserve wildness is the Alaska way of life. Back in the 1970s, Fran Mauer worked as a wildlife biologist…
Conservation groups join lawsuits on predator control

Conservation groups join lawsuits on predator control

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Feb. 8, 2017 Contacts: Pat Lavin, Alaska Representative, Defenders of Wildlife, plavin@defenders.org, 907-276-9410 Jim Adams, Alaska Regional Director,…
2016 Triumphs, Challenges: The Year in Review

2016 Triumphs, Challenges: The Year in Review

Celebrating the successes of 2016: Pebble subpoenas tossed out; Trustees argue for National Park Service regulatory authority over navigable waters; court decision stops Mat-Su coal mining; and more.
Ninth Circuit Hears Sturgeon v. Frost Hovercraft Case Again

Ninth Circuit Hears Sturgeon v. Frost Hovercraft Case Again

In October 2016, the Ninth Circuit heard argument in a case challenging the National Park Service’s authority to protect Alaska’s national parks by regulating activities on navigable waters within parks.
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