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.

We acknowledge that we work throughout the unceded territories of the Indigenous Peoples of Alaska; that our office is located on the traditional territories of the Lower Tanana Dené Athabascan Peoples. We honor the ancestral and ongoing land and water stewardship and place-based knowledge of the peoples of these territories. 

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

Our Little Green House

Our Little Green House

A couple weeks ago, we sent out an appeal letter to our members asking for help taking care of the Northern Center’s home in its most literal sense: our office building at 830 College Road. We’re so grateful for the checks and online donations that have already come...

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Upcoming Events

Nights for the North: Gratitude and Vision @ Virtual Event
Nov 8 – Nov 13 all-day

Save the Date for 2021 Nights for the North: Gratitude and Vision!  Tune in to the festivities throughout the week, including conversations with former and current staff members, featured artist Sara Tabbert, and our 50th Anniversary online auction.

Holiday Open House @ Northern Center Office
Dec 10 all-day

Save the date for our Holiday Open House! We will have a “gift shop” set up with holiday cards, art, and collectables from the past decades at the Northern Center. According to our COVID-safe policy, masks and vaccinations are required indoors and we will limit the number of people in the office to four at a time. Hot cocoa and cider will be available for all waiting outside!

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