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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.


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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Camp Habitat seeks assistant director

Camp Habitat seeks assistant director

Camp Habitat is a nature education and ecology camp for kids located at Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks, Alaska. They provide children with guided explorations of their natural surroundings, through interactive hands-on activities during four different programs: Nature Sprouts (ages 4-5), Nature Detectives (ages 6-7), Water Striders (ages 8-9), and Refuge Adventurers (ages 10-11). Camp Habitat is currently seeking an assistant director.

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Northern Center supports proposed US Fish & Wildlife Service wildlife regulations

The Northern Alaska Environmental Center (Northern Center) supports the proposed rule preempting state laws, regulations, and programs that have the intent or potential to alter or manipulate natural predator-prey dynamics and associated natural ecological processes to increase harvest of ungulates.

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Despite opposition, costly Ambler Road advances

As most Alaskans prepared for Thanksgiving, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority on Tuesday, November 24 quietly submitted to the National Park Service a right-of-way application for the proposed Ambler Road, and a separate application to the U.S. Army Corps of engineers. Federal law requires the Park Service to respond to AIDEA’s application nine months after the date of submittal (Aug. 24, 2016) while the Corps has more time.

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ANILCA Hearing: Comment letter

Senate Energy & Natural Resource Committee Hearing to receive testimony on implementation of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980, including perspectives on the Act’s impacts in Alaska and suggestions for improvements to the Act.

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Support our work in the Arctic Refuge | Purchase a Print

For the past two years at our annual Night for the North we have had a featured artist. This year's featured artist was Klara Maisch and she generously donated her work, "Sagavanirktok I" to be made into prints for sale at the auction. This year the print sale supports the Northern Center's work in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Specifically, to facilitate veteran visitation to the Refuge for recovery.

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Press Release: 2015 Night for the North

Press Release: 2015 Night for the North

The Northern Alaska Environmental Center will hold their annual auction and fundraiser, Night for the North, on November 14, 2015 at Raven Landing Community Center from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Tickets are available online at northern.org, at the Northern Center office at 830 College Road, or by calling (907) 452-5021.

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Long-Time Member Florence Collins, passes away

Long-Time Member Florence Collins, passes away

Fairbanks, AK—On November 4, long-time Northern Center member and conservationist Florence Collins passed away at the Fairbanks Pioneers Home. Florence was a geologist and aviator and helped create an enduring conservation community in Interior Alaska.

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