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Northern Alaska Environmental Center

Conserving and protecting habitats in Interior and Arctic Alaska for wildlife, culture, environmental health and future generations since 1971.


The Northern Center Hosts Local Author, Michael Engelhard

The Northern Center Hosts Local Author, Michael Engelhard

An evening book reading, signing, and slideshow featuring the Arctic Refuge.

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Historic: Alaska Lawmakers Depart from Unanimous Approval of Resolution to Drill in the Arctic Refuge Coastal Plain

Historic: Alaska Lawmakers Depart from Unanimous Approval of Resolution to Drill in the Arctic Refuge Coastal Plain

Fairbanks, AK - Annually, the Alaska State legislature passes an unopposed resolution supporting federal oil and gas leasing of lands on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. However, today marked a huge departure from the norm as the House voted on HJR5 with a historic four representatives rising in opposition to the resolution.

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Four Historic NO Votes on the Arctic Refuge Resolution

Four Historic NO Votes on the Arctic Refuge Resolution

Today, in a historic floor vote, FOUR representatives voted against the resolution, which supports opening the Arctic Refuge to oil and gas development.

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The Home of the White Bear - A Place Where Life Begins

The Home of the White Bear - A Place Where Life Begins

The highlight of a two-week backpacking trip in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (or “ANWR” as it is known by its reductive acronym), which I guided this summer, were thousands of caribous from the Porcupine Herd that streamed past our camp on two consecutive days.

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Protect the Arctic Refuge | Sign the Petition

Protect the Arctic Refuge | Sign the Petition

Will you stand with us and protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Porcupine Caribou Herd and the Gwich’in Way of life?

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BLM Releases Eastern Interior Land Use Plan

The BLM has released the Eastern Interior Resource Management Plan and Final EIS that will govern 6.5 million acres of some of Alaska's most remote and pristine public land.

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2016 Year End Letter

Read about our successes in 2016 and the goals we have going into the new year.

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Mine Tailings: What are they, and what are we doing to address them?

Mine tailings are the toxic byproduct of mining operations, and must be stored indefinitely, held back by dams and other containment methods. Often these storage methods fail, leading to contamination of the surrounding waters and soil. What can we do to address this?

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President Obama excludes Arctic Ocean in 5-year offshore leasing plan

President Obama excludes Arctic Ocean in 5-year offshore leasing plan

In line with the demands of local stakeholders and international climate agreements the Obama Administration excludes the Arctic Ocean for oil and gas leases from the offshore 5 year leasing program running from 2017-2022.

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Say NO to Drilling in the Arctic

Say NO to Drilling in the Arctic

Join us in letting President Obama know that we do NOT support drilling in the Arctic and want the Arctic Ocean removed from the upcoming Offshore Energy 5-year plan.

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What Do We Do Now?

How do we come to terms with the outcome of the recent election? What do we do now? We get involved. We don't stop fighting...

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The Northern Line || Fall 2016

The Northern Line || Fall 2016

The Fall 2016 Northern Line is available online now! In this issue we look at the shift in the environment caused by Climate Change, and how the Northern Center is addressing these issues. These articles explore a just transition away from fossil fuels, the bi-annual Gwich'in gathering, and renewable energy in Alaska.

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Attention UAF Students - Night for the North has Student Tickets

Attention UAF Students - Night for the North has Student Tickets

Join us for the Northern Alaska Environmental Center's annual auction, Night for the North! Enjoy an evening of bidding among friends on great outdoor gear, Alaska made items, and delicious food.

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Job Opening: Conservation Coordinator

The Conservation Program oversees Arctic lands that fall under NEPA guidelines in interior and northern Alaska. This position works at the community level, and in broader regional, state, and national coalitions—as well as with internal staff—to implement educational and grassroots advocacy strategies to prevent or mitigate the loss of intact ecosystem or subsistence resources and to keep priority wildlands free of industrial intrusion. This includes the protection of Indigenous subsistence and cultural resource rights on wildlands.

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Race Results: Northern Center "20th annual Run for the Refuge"

Race Results: Northern Center "20th annual Run for the Refuge"

FAIRBANKS — Ross MacDougall captured the overall title and Erika Burr earned the women’s honor in the 10-kilometer race of the 20th annual Run for the Refuge on Sunday at the University of Alaska Fairbanks West Ridge Trails. Darwin Cameron and Michelle Nace were the respective overall and women’s winners and Nanieezh Peter was the children’s titlist in the 5K race.

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20th Annual Run for the Refuge

20th Annual Run for the Refuge

Since 1997, the Northern Alaska Environmental Center (Northern Center) has held an annual family fun run to support and promote the importance of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northern Alaska.

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Local Hearing & Comment Period for Offshore Drilling

At a time when we need to be turning away from climate-disrupting fossil fuels, the Department of the Interior has announced that it still plans to open up the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, the third-largest pool of carbon in our planet, to offshore (OCS) oil development. Tell the Obama Administration, NO to oil & gas lease sales in Alaska's Arctic!

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Proposed Offshore Oil and Gas Program Leaves Pristine Arctic Vulnerable

"As the President commits to climate change goals with the world, and more recently with our Arctic neighbors, removing the Arctic leases would have signified a true commitment to these goals", says Jessica Girard program director at the Northern Alaska Environmental Center. Removing these leases would create a space for a real conversation about economic and energy alternatives for the Arctic and the nation. It is time to commit to the future by removing off-shore leases once and for all."

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Amid fiscal crisis, Alaska funds unaffordable megaprojects

The Northern Center endorsed a substantive report of the economics of Alaska's current megaprojects and the report is now available from the The Wilderness Society and report writer Lois Epstein.

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Job Opening: Arctic Ocean (OCS) 5-Year Plan Organizer

The goal of the 5-year plan organizer is to engage the Fairbanks and interior Alaska community through education and outreach on the outer continental shelf 5-year plan set to release through the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management by the end of March or early April. This part-time position will build skills for grassroots organizing, event organization, and public engagement.

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