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


Spring 2017 Northern Line

The Northern Line is a publication of the Northern Alaska Environmental Center.

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Lawsuit Challenges Reversal of Arctic and Atlantic Drilling Ban

ANCHORAGE, AK –Conservation and Alaska Native groups today filed a lawsuit against President Trump, challenging his decision to jettison a permanent ban on new offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

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Alaskans Condemn Trump’s Revocation of Ocean Protections

FAIRBANKS, ALASKA--A broad coalition of Alaskans reacted with outrage to President Donald J. Trump’s impending Executive Order released Thursday, revoking oil and gas protections in vast swaths of Alaska’s Chukchi and Beaufort seas. The arctic waters were withdrawn from future oil and gas sales last year by the outgoing Obama administration after a five-year grassroots campaign by concerned Alaskans. The coalition, including Alaska Natives from front-line communities and their allies in climate and environmental justice advocacy, promised fierce resistance against Trump plans for offshore drilling in Alaska’s arctic.

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We're Hiring! Communications Coordinator position now open

The Northern Alaska Environmental Center (Northern Center) seeks a full-time Communications Coordinator to promote the Northern Center’s work and mission to a variety of audiences through multi-media platforms. The Northern Center addresses Arctic and sub-Arctic public land, resource, and climate change issues of regional and national significance. The Communications Coordinator will maintain the website and coordinate publication needs. The successful candidate will bring commitment to conservation and demonstrate excellent communication skills, fundraising and advocacy experience, flexibility, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and strong computer savvy. This is a non-exempt, full-time position with health insurance and leave package benefits located in Fairbanks, Alaska. Salary commiserate with experience ranging from $$33,280 - $37,440.

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We're Hiring! Conservation Coordinator position is now open

We are seeking a highly motivated, goal oriented self-starter with experience in environmental campaign execution and a proven track record of innovation and success with previous organizing experience. We believe passion for our mission is the most important attribute of a candidate, and are willing to train the appointee regarding specific aspects of the job, although general technical competency is required.

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The Ambler Road Scoping Process to Begin

The Ambler Road Scoping Process to Begin

The BLM announced that the environmental review process would begin for the 220 mile, state-funded road to the Ambler mining district. Read the Northern Center's reaction.

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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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