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.