Northern Alaska Environmental Center
Conserving and protecting habitats in Interior and Arctic Alaska for wildlife, culture, environmental health and future generations since 1971.
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!
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Fall 2015 Northern Line is now available!
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 toxic clean water violations and keep priority wild lands free of industrial intrusion.
“The Fairbanks North Star Borough has an air quality problem and we need to focus on local, viable solutions to create a better place to live,” says Northern Center executive director Elisabeth Dabney. “Our children and elderly population are adversely affected by the amount of PM2.5 in our winter air. There are local solutions for this problem and the forum provides an opportunity for the community to express what those are.”
Jessica Girard, the program director at the Northern Alaska Environmental Center states, “I cannot help but suspect that more was at play in Shell's decision to leave than the results from one well. People from across the globe rallied against drilling in the hostile and unpredictable Chukchi Sea and their voices have been acknowledged. This fight was far beyond environmentalist against developers. It was a fight between the status quo and a pivotal moment for change. We can now focus on an energy transition where oil giants have the opportunity to be renewable energy developers.”
In this issue of the Northern Line our members, elders, board members, interns, conservation partners, and staff touch softly and eloquently on the idea of place. Frank Soos, our Alaska State Writer Laureate, invites us to reflect and wonder. Our summer interns tell us about their adventures. Our founding executive director urges us to be protectors. Throughout this issue there is a connection, a common thread, an urgency. We are called to remain vigilant while holding on tightly to our wonderment.
Obama Administration Approves Shell’s Final Permit to Drill in the Chukchi Sea Days Before His Visit to Discuss Climate Change
Fairbanks, AK—Today the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) approved the final permits for Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) to enter hydrocarbon zones in the Burger J prospect, just 70 miles offshore from the village of Wainwright.
Join the Northern Center, the Bureau of Land Management and the Conservations Lands Foundation for a day of outdoor public service in celebration of the National Conservation Lands' 15th Anniversary. BLM will provide materials for the construction of a rock bridge over the river on the trail to Mt. Prindle. Please come prepared to get your hands dirty and maintain our Fairbanks playground! Directions: Take the Steese Highway to mile 57, follow U.S. Creek Road for seven miles to Nome Creek Road. Four miles up the valley from the road junction is the Mount Prindle Campground. Please come prepared to get your hands dirty and maintain our Fairbanks playground! Directions: Take the Steese Highway to mile 57, follow U.S. Creek Road for seven miles to Nome Creek Road. Four miles up the valley from the road junction is the Mount Prindle Campground.
Today the Department of the Interior (DOI) approved Royal Dutch Shell’s drilling plan for the Chukchi Sea—miles off the coast of Wainwright. Shell will receive two well permits to drill but these will not allow them to go into hydrocarbon zones, nor will it allow them to drill simultaneous wells. However, upon the return of the capping stack, held on the now broken Fennica, Shell may apply for yet another modified Application for Permit to Drill (APD).
Court victory for wilderness in the Arctic Refuge. State’s latest effort to explore for oil and gas ruled illegal. "The coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a national treasure and today’s decision to keep it off limits to any exploratory activity is a victory for those that call this place home and depend on it for their cultural way of life,” said Elisabeth Dabney, executive director of the Northern Alaska Environmental Center. “We can now more fully focus on a congressional wilderness designation to permanently protect one of America’s last most treasured landscapes."