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The Northern Alaska Environmental Center promotes conservation of the environment and sustainable resource stewardship in Interior and Arctic Alaska through education and advocacy.
OVERVIEWThe Northern Alaska Environmental Center
in Fairbanks, Alaska is the quintessential grassroots organization, with a 15-member Board of Directors, 9 Advisory Board Members, 8 staff, more than 50 active volunteers, and over 1,500 contributing members. The Northern Center operates 3 major programs, the Arctic, Clean Water & Mining, and Local Conservation Solutions.
The Arctic Program seeks to preserve the Arctic Refuge coastal plain as designated wilderness and uphold refuge integrity by involving Alaskans. We work to strengthen protections for vital wildlife habitats and wildlands like Teshekpuk Lake and Utukok Uplands in the Western Arctic and sensitive Beaufort and Chukchi Sea marine life already stressed by global climate change. We also work to protect the integrity of connected sub-Arctic conservation system units such as Yukon Flats Refuge, Beaver Creek Wild River, and White Mountains National Recreation Area that is BLM's only such area in Alaska. We advocate building clean, renewable energy economies while preserving our most treasured wild places.
The Clean Water & Mining Program seeks to protect clean air, clean water, and wilderness through robust state and federal permitting processes for northern mines, and monitors schemes to mine northern coal deposits, especially plans for transportation infrastructure that would have major cumulative effects especially in the Western Arctic.
The Conservation Solutions portion of our work aims to improve the environmental quality of Fairbanks and the surrounding area by seeking community-based solutions to problems affecting the borough. The program works to support tangible renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions to assist Alaska in moving beyond fossil fuel dependence and lowering energy costs.
The Northern Center is a partner in Camp Habitat , a youth environmental education and ecology summer camp program designed to provide experiences that cultivate appreciation for Alaska’s Interior and Arctic landscapes, habitats and wildlife to engage the next generation of conservation activists in Fairbanks. We are enthusiastic supporters of Fairbanks Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (FAYEA), a local chapter of Alaska Youth for Environmental Action dedicated to educating, inspiring, and taking action in our community.
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Each year the NAEC Board organizes a beneift dinner and auction. It's a great time and NAEC raises much needed funds for its operation. Read about past year's auctions and learn how to get involved.
NORTHERN VOICES is a lively forum for Alaskan writers, artists, composers, and other visionaries inspired by the Alaskan environment— to share their relationship and connection to our incomparable land through their creative works. Events take place the second Thursday of every month October - May. All events are free. Click to see past and upcoming speakers!