Northern Alaska Environmental Center
Conserving and protecting habitats in Interior and Arctic Alaska for wildlife, culture, environmental health and future generations since 1971.
Alaska State Writer Laureate Frank Soos will offer a sampling of books by contemporary Alaskan writers who venture off the road into a variety of natural environments.
AK—Today the Department of the Interior (DOI) approved Royal Dutch Shell’s largest ever-contemplated exploration plan for the Chukchi Sea—often referred to as Lease Sale 193. The approval of Arctic Ocean drilling comes just days after the U.S. takeover of the Arctic Council, where their top priority is addressing the increasing threats of climate change in the region. This is in direct contrast to the Obama Administration’s commitment to immediate and effective climate action.
The U.S. Department of the Interior confirmed Lease sales in the Chukchi Sea. These lease sales will allow Royal Dutch Shell to reenter the Arctic Ocean for oil and gas development.
Here's our latest Digital Issue of The Northern Line - Winter 2015.
Media Release: New Arctic Ocean drilling requirements required by the Department of the Interior, but not in time to regulate Shells operation in the Chukchi Sea this summer.
"Today's decision by the Bureau of Land Management is disappointing. The National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (Reserve) is America's largest and most wild parcel of public land--a thriving and fragile ecosystem. This decision threatens the subsistence and cultural value of the Reserve's Special Areas. NPR-A should be protected to the highest extent possible to create a balance between conservation and development."
Last week the federal Bureau of Ocean Management (BOEM) released its proposed five-year offshore leasing program for 2017-2022 including future leases in the Arctic Ocean.
Northern Alaska Environmental Center media release for the BOEM final EIS regarding Lease Sale 193 which recommends drilling in the Chukchi Sea
The long-awaited Conservation Plan from USFWS has been released for the Arctic Refuge. Here is the Northern Center's Media Release for an Alaskan perspective.
Northern Center's Clean Water & Mining Program Director points out inconsistencies with AIDEA's response to Gov. Walker's Administrative Order 271 that halted spending and requested more budgetary information about the Road to Ambler and other mega-projects.
Click here to read the entire document Placer Mining changes
Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road Cut from FY2016 State Budget
The end of the year is the most popular time for charitable giving, when people think about giving and when they choose to give tax deductible donations.
We appreciate your support all year and want to make donating to the Northern Center as easy as possible for you during the busy holiday season.
Your donation makes you a member of the Center, and membership means you're part of a large group of people who care deeply about the conservation of wilderness in interior and Arctic Alaska. We have over 1600 members, which includes folks outside of Alaska, because everyone loves the enchanting beauty of the far north. People who have lived here their whole life, people who have had once-in-a-lifetime trips in the arctic, and people who will never make it to Alaska's wilderness can all relate to that desire to protect some of the last truly wild places in the world.
Thank you for your support and understanding that wilderness is for everyone.
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We need your help to stop the proposed industrial mining road to Ambler. AIDEA is holding a two-day meeting about the road in Fairbanks on December 16 & 17th, 2014.
The proposed road to the Ambler Mining District would make thousands of acres in the Brooks Range accessible for open-pit mining. Read our fact sheets to find out more about the potential impacts of this mega-project.
The public comment period is open now and there are opportunities to attend Open Houses to learn more about the SIP (State Implementation Plan) and to comment on it in person if you wish to. Written comments are due VERY soon: December 19, 2014.
National Park Service-Alaska Sets Hearings for Sport Hunting Proposals. Written Comment period ends December 3, 2014.
*updated Nov 1st. Register at the door. Raven Landing on Cowles, across from the library. 5:30pm Nov 1st.
Here is a copy of a letter with comments from the Northern Center to the National Park service regarding the proposed rule-making for National Park Preserves in Alaska.
Here is our latest version of The Northern Line - Fall 2014. Please click through to see what we've been working on and see what we have planned for the rest of this year.