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.
Alaska’s fish get big win in court

Alaska’s fish get big win in court

An Alaska Superior Court ruling today allows Alaskans to move forward with a proposed ballot measure that will update and strengthen regulations…
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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