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.
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Speak for the fish

Speak for the fish

Speak up for the salmon, animals and people of Bristol Bay.
Historic vote to protect the Arctic Refuge

Historic vote to protect the Arctic Refuge

A historic vote moved the bipartisan House Bill 1146, the Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act, out of the House Natural…
Pebble is an unwelcome guest

Pebble is an unwelcome guest

The science used to justify the proposed Pebble mine lacks credibility. The financing behind the project looks sketchy. The processes for pushing the project lack internal accountability.
Court win protects Izembek!

Court win protects Izembek!

A federal District Court decision today voids a land exchange deal between the Interior Department and the King Cove Corporation that attempted…
Say it one more time: No Pebble mine

Say it one more time: No Pebble mine

Once a place gets officially designated as “the Pebble deposit” or “the Ambler mining district” or “the National Petroleum Reserve” or “the…
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