Northern Alaska Environmental Center

Promoting conservation of the environment and sustainable resource stewardship in Interior and Arctic Alaska through education and advocacy

Northern Alaska Environmental Center

The Northern Alaska Environmental Center

The Northern Alaska Environmental Center is an Alaska-based conservation organization dedicated to protecting the land, waters and wildlife of Interior and Arctic Alaska for current and future generations to use and enjoy. We understand the unique challenges of living in Alaska and seek to balance natural resource development with conserving what makes Alaska special.

Northern Alaska Environmental Center - Promoting Conservation and Responsible Natural Resource Development

The Northern Center is committed to defending special places in Northern and Interior Alaska from irresponsible extraction activities, and promoting local initiatives to protect the health and way of life of people living in Fairbanks and Interior Alaska.

Our Guiding Principles

The Northern Alaska Environmental Center:

  1. Believes that a healthy environment is a prerequisite for a sustainable economy.
  2. Bases conservation decisions on sound science and ethics.
  3. Uses our stakeholders’ energy, expertise and enthusiasm to strengthen the organization.
  4. Seeks opportunities to collaborate with federal, state and local government agencies, and with other organizations to enhance our effectiveness.
  5. Supports the establishment, protection and appropriate stewardship of designated Wilderness areas, as well other less-restrictive management that protects sustainable uses of non-Wilderness wild lands.
  6. Values healthy and intact ecosystems where habitat fragmentation is minimized and wildlands are respected.
  1. Favors stewardship over intensive management of natural resources, in order to meet the needs of the present generation without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
  2. Encourages the implementation of clean energy technologies and management practices that minimize air, water and noise pollution and impacts on habitat.
  3. Supports public processes—including use of legal, legislative, and administrative systems—in natural resource use decisions.
  4. Expects to comment on issues in our areas of expertise and interest.
  5. Puts our greatest effort into issues whose results are irreversible or long lasting.
  6. Employs clear, honest communication and constructive dialogue.

Latest News

Cracking the Landscape: Birds and the Ambler Road

Cracking the Landscape: Birds and the Ambler Road

Like a small crack in a windshield, a road to the Ambler Mining District could send consequences throughout the vast tracts of intact wildland this proposed 211-mile industrial intrusion would traverse. For a glimpse at the potential ramifications on wildlife, we need look no further than birds.

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Roles of Movement

Roles of Movement

Fairbanks has been a flourish of grassroots activity since the election. The energy is palpable. I cannot count the number of people asking, “what can I do?” There is an incredibly rooted energy that runs deep within Fairbanks between groups and individuals that have been sharing their energy and emotional capital for years, in some cases decades or generations.

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Keep It In The Ground

Keep It In The Ground

Over the course of May 2016, protests loosely linked by the #BreakFree and Keep It In The Ground movements rocked 6 continents, mobilizing over 30,000 people in direct action toward a more just and sustainable energy future. Protestors called to stop mining of all remaining fossil fuel reserves and shift to a 100% renewable energy economy. They argued for an end to oil and gas leases on public lands, in order to begin the transition away from fossil-based fuels and lay the groundwork for sustainable and socially just economies.

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Upcoming Events

7:00 pm
Get to know the Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition, a local organization which “mobilizes Fairbanks & Interior Alaska communities toward action to mitigate and adapt to climate change.” Learn from the different working groups, and find[...]
Noel Wien Public Library
6:00 pm
Join the Northern Alaska Environmental Center and the UAF Resource Management Society for an evening with filmmakers Jean Aspen and Tom Irons and a screening of their new film Arctic Daughter: A Lifetime of Wilderness. Set[...]
Schaible Auditorium, UAF Campus
Jul 15 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
1:00 pm
UAF Ski Hut

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