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.
Defending a national treasure

Defending a national treasure

Catherine, Hannah and Kat finished their summer internships with Trustees, but left these words as a reflection on what they learned and accomplished,…
From greenbelt to mountain top

From greenbelt to mountain top

I am a committed bicycle commuter. I started commuting by bike at 15 when I got my first job doing data entry…
Protections for Alaska bears and wolves at risk

Protections for Alaska bears and wolves at risk

  Two memos from the Department of Interior may undo years of work and public comment that helped shape wildlife regulations in…
Lessons learned on the trail

Lessons learned on the trail

Trustees interns always explore the Alaska wilderness with new eyes and perspectives. Here, Catherine talks about the life lessons learned on the…
Alaska’s wild life just miles from the city

Alaska’s wild life just miles from the city

Trustees interns always explore the Alaska wilderness with new eyes and perspectives. Here, Hannah Oakes talks about bumping into Alaska’s wild life…
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