Northern Alaska Environmental Center
Conserving and protecting habitats in Interior and Arctic Alaska for wildlife, culture, environmental health and future generations since 1971.
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.
Amazon.com has a charitable giving program - Amazon Smile. The Northern Center has signed up and will receive 0.5% of your eligible purchase when you access your account by using the link we provide.
Wilderness Voices - Arctic Refuge Travelogue
Click here to a link for our donation and sponsorship form.
Thank you to all who participated and sponsored the 18th Annual Run for the Refuge / Walk for Wilderness. Special thanks to all the volunteers. The race results are posted here.
Please click through to read the Media Release for our 18th Annual Run for the Refuge. The Run and the Walk for Wilderness will be held Sunday, July 27th at UAF. Image is of Frank Keim - leader of the Walk for Wilderness.
Run for the Refuge/Walk for Wilderness is Sunday, July 27th. 1:00p.m. start at the UAF Ski Hut. Day of Registration begins at noon.
Please join us on Sunday, July 27th for the 18th Annual Run for the Refuge with 5K walk/run, 10K run, and 1 mile Walk for Wilderness to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
Here is our latest version of The Northern Line - Summer 2014 version. Please click through to see what we've been working on, meet our new Interns, and see what we have planned for this summer.
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Please join us Friday, May 30, 2014 5:30p.m. for our Annual Membership Meeting & Picnic at the Northern Center backyard. Dinner and beverages will be served. Dessert potluck! We can still use volunteer help. email@example.com if you can help at the event.
Time to ask key questions about Susitna Dam.
Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) is hosting an Open House this Thursday in
Fairbanks, May 22nd 4:30pm – 7:30pm. Learn about project updates and
find out what environmental and engineering studies are underway. The Alaska
Energy Authority has been spending state dollars, hundreds of millions, to move
forward on construction of the Susitna-Watana dam. Alaskans have been asking
questions and sharing concerns about a mega project and the costs associated
with it as well as the effects on the land, watershed, and animals.
Please attend the Open House and ask those key questions:
The economics of this plan?
The risk to salmon?
The rivers and watershed?
The effects on the ecosystems?
Hunting and fishing impacts?
not spend money on energy efficiency and more cost-effective/greater capacity
AEA is hosting a meeting in Fairbanks on Thursday May 22nd, 4:30-7:30 pm at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Conference Center. Please attend this meeting and ask the key questions.
Learn more about the project, its impacts, and concerns here: Susitna River Coalition.
NAEC Official Policy Related to the Susitna/Watana Dam Project:
"Cleaner energy production - We will work with existing and planned utilities that supply energy and with local and statewide programs to promote the development and use of renewable sources of energy such as wind, solar, geothermal, tidal and wave, small-scale hydro-electric, and sustainable biomass."
"We will evaluate other large-scale energy projects on a case-by-case basis. We will not endorse a proposal for any specific project until the environmental reviews have been fully vetted and until such project is demonstrated to be the best solution to meet the need, whether that need be local or regional. We do not look to any particular project as a "silver bullet" solution to our overall energy needs, and we caution the public against looking for one-stop solutions to such a complex issue. Our caution is founded on the realities of meeting the requirements of a dispersed population with diverse energy needs."
Victory! Shell Oil Company announces that it is backing out of drilling in the Arctic Ocean for 2014! And Northern Center has major legal victory with Native Village of Point Hope and other Native and conservation allies over Chukchi Sea leasing.
Current Legislative Actions and Status
With the end of the Alaska Legislative Session, HB 77 is formally dead!
Earlier we had described some of the last minute maneuvers being considered...
Son of HB 77?
Contrary to news reports, HB77 may not be entirely dead, but parts of HB 77 may yet pop up in another bill.
This complex bill contained many ways to silence the public voice on Alaska’s lands and waters. Land exchange sections have not gotten much press, but bad sections would gut the public process during land trades and give DNR discretion to exchange lands for nothing. This can be an end-run around public controversy over uses on public lands and waters.
"They're acting like it's not a big deal when, yeah, it is," Weissler said. "It's typical of the whole bill, where there might be some small specific problem here or there, but they're trying to solve it with this sweeping language."
Small scale land swaps are being used as a Trojan horse by legislators to cut out the public process and silence Alaskans in disposals of public land belonging to all Alaskans.
“Sons of HB 77” like this will make it harder for the public to know when the state sells, swaps, or gives away our shared state lands.
HB 77 – Write Thank You Letters to the Editor
Thank legislators that HB 77 was declared dead in the State senate, thanks to people power across the state, and you hope the legislature keeps it that way.
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Send letters to the editor by mail (P.O. Box 70710, Fairbanks AK 99707) or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Writers are limited to one letter every 30 days. All letters must contain no more than 350 words and include a full name (no abbreviation), daytime and evening phone numbers and physical address. (If no phone, then provide a mailing address or email address.) The Daily News-Miner reserves the right to edit or reject letters without consulting the writer.
Capital Budget S 119
What MegaProjects are still in the Capital Budget?
The Capital Budget Passed the Senate last week: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/PDF/28/Bills/SB0119C.PDF
It still contains:
Road to Ambler (AIDEA) $ 8.5 million
Susitna/Watana (Alaska Energy Authority) $ 10 million
Road to Juneau $ 35 million
It removed the $2 million for Fairbanks Woodstove Change-out program:
The $2 million in Wood Stove change out funds was this line item:
Department of Community and Economic Development Grants to Municipalities: FNSB heating device Air Quality Mitigation
This funding was in the Governor’s budget, but taken out by Senate Finance Committee chairman Kevin Meyer. This occurred when he put back in the funding for the UAF power plant and Engineering building but stripped out lots of “Fairbanks” projects:
· Engineering building was funded at $10 million
· Coal power plant was fully funded at $195 million
· Language was included that student tuition be increased to pay back some bonds funds for coal plant.
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Winter 2014 Vol. XXXVI, No. 1
We are proud to present the Winter 2014 edition of The Northern Line. The PDF file is interactive with website links, so please move your cursor around this issue to find the live links with more information.
Inside this edition is a story about House Bill 77, the Silencing Alaskan’s Bill. There is exciting news to report, the Bill has been declared dead by the Senate Resources Committee, and many of you were part of this big success! Thanks to all of you who testified and sent in comments – you made a difference. We'll keep watching until the final gavel of Session to make sure the Bill doesn't reappear. We hope you enjoy this edition of the Northern Line. If you’d prefer a paper copy, please stop by the Center and we can print one out for you, or give us a call and we can mail it to you.