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 Brief Newsletter–September 2018

Alaska Brief Newsletter–September 2018

We don’t need Twitter to tell us that the Trump administration couldn’t care less about where or how Alaskans–or any Americans–live in…
Vote for salmon Nov. 6

Vote for salmon Nov. 6

Election Day is Nov. 6, but Alaskans need to know some other deadlines leading up to that day. Register to vote The…
Interns on the issues: The fight for Izembek

Interns on the issues: The fight for Izembek

In May, our summer interns, Maggie and Jenna, jumped into legal research and writing—not to mention Alaska’s wild. During her time here, Jenna Lewis…
Protect bears, wolves now!

Protect bears, wolves now!

Two Alaskans made the news last month after lying about unlawfully killing a female bear and her cubs. One of the headlines…
Court ruling puts fish habitat measure on statewide ballot

Court ruling puts fish habitat measure on statewide ballot

An Alaska Supreme Court decision this month will allow Alaskans to vote on how they want salmon habitat protected during development projects.…
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