Virginia "Ginny" Hill Wood, 93, recieved a national award for her role in Alaska conservation here in Fairbanks this week that recognized her critical role in many conservation issues starting with the establishment of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Fish & Wildlife Service's Citizen's Award to Wood is a fitting tribute to her visionary achievement this year as we celebrate the Arctic Refuge 50th anniversary.
Nearly 200 runners at the Annual Run for the Refuge raced 5 or 10k to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in record high 91°F -- the warmest for late August in 100 years.
The EPA recently withdrew Red Dog Mine's discharge permit limits challenged by the NAEC and Native villages that would have allowed the mine to discharge increased levels of pollutants into Alaska's waters.
Pres. Obama issued a Proclamation on Dec. 6, 2010 that says "...Today, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge remains distinct in the American landscape, and we must remain committed to making responsible choices and ensuring the continued conservation of these wild lands... In commemorating five decades of protection and conservation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, I encourage all Americans to recognize the beauty and diversity of all of America's open spaces. We are all stewards and trustees of this land, and we must ensure that our treasured wilderness and other natural areas will be part of our national heritage for generations to come..."
The Alaska legislature has voted to make permanent a recreation designation for a swath of land in the Goldstream Valley.
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NAEC is supporting a citizen's initiative to restore Alaska's coastal management program, which expired this spring after several decades of successful operation.
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Everyone is thinking about air quality these days. On September 14 the Northern Alaska Environmental Center convened a meeting to discuss the issue of air quality and the upcoming advisory vote. Here's what some of your neighbors are saying.
The Obama Administration took strong action to enforce the nation’s clean air and clean water laws resulting from BP’s largest crude oil spill in Alaska’s North Slope oil fields.
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Two environmental groups are going to court to try and force the Alaska Railroad and an energy company to clean up the coal dust problem dirtying a scenic tourist town. The lawsuit alleges that the state-owned railroad and Aurora Energy Services in Seward are violating the federal Clean Water Act by allowing coal chunks to fall into Resurrection Bay and allowing coal dust to settle on the water.
This new map shows oil industry spills in America's Arctic.
Northern Center's Arctic Program Director recognized for a career of environmental activism.
Today Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) introduced the Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act (H.R. 39) for the strongest protection for the Arctic Refuge coastal plain vital to caribou, polar bears, migratory birds and subsistence livelihood and culture of local residents and the Gwich'in Nation.
Sec. Salazar urged to reconsider Shell Oil’s exploratory drilling in Arctic Ocean planned to start in less than 60 days
In light of the ongoing Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska Native communities and conservation groups sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today urging him to reconsider his approval of exploratory drilling by Shell Oil due to begin in Alaska’s Arctic Ocean in less than 60 days. The groups point to new information from the Gulf spill that requires the Secretary to reconsider his decision to approve Shell’s Arctic Ocean drilling.
Historic Opportunity for Stronger Protections in New Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Planning Process
the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service began its update of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s 22-year old Comprehensive Conservation Plan to guide long-term stewardship of this conservation area including wilderness and wild and scenic river reviews. On this 50th anniversary of America’s wilderness refuge we have a great opportunity to promote stronger protection for future generations.
To protect Alaska's water resources, the Northern Center joined with several individuals and groups to appeal the State's recent certification of the discharge permit for the Red Dog Mine.
Victory in 6-Year Fight! Applause to Fish & Wildlife Service for Halting Yukon Flats Refuge Land Trade
Alaska Native and conservation groups applauded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for listening to public and tribal concerns by preferring the “No Land Exchange” alternative in its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge Proposed Land Exchange.
Together with Native Villages and another conservation organization the NAEC took a strong step to protect clean water in Alaska by joining an appeal of EPA's new discharge permit for the Red Dog Mine.
NAEC strives to address concerns at the earliest possible time such as the adequacy of scientific baseline information in the rapidly changing ecosystem of Arctic seas caused by sea ice loss or failure to meet the standards for clean air, clean water, and public involvement and review. We were disappointed that significant issues were not addressed in recent goverment decisions to approve offshore lease sales and drilling, and therefore found it necessary to take legal action to ensure that our nation’s benchmark environmental laws are upheld so that fragile ecosystems receive sufficient protection.
Victory for Alaskans! Judge rules Best Interest Finding for Beaufort Sea Leasing is Unconstitutional
The public will have the opportunity to participate in Alaska Department of Natural Resource (ADNR) decisions about whether other uses, such as subsistence hunting and fishing, and the public’s resources are jeopardized at each phase of oil and gas development in the Beaufort Sea in a case brought by NAEC and other groups...
Rep. Edward Markey on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 reintroduced a bill to designate the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area.