The Smoke Clears for the 23rd Annual Run for the Refuge

The Smoke Clears for the 23rd Annual Run for the Refuge

After a week of dense wildfire smoke enveloping Fairbanks, cleaner air over the weekend was a relief, allowing people to participate safely in the 23rd Annual Run for the Refuge on Sunday, July 14. 218 runners and walkers, including several youth participants, took...
Join us in supporting clean air in Fairbanks

Join us in supporting clean air in Fairbanks

The Northern Alaska Environmental Center supports the draft Serious State Implementation Plan (Serious SIP) prepared by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The Serious SIP is in response to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s June 2017...
The Site of Radical Transition

The Site of Radical Transition

June is Pride month, which means it’s the time of year we celebrate the historic Stonewall riots and the trans women that kicked off the LGBTQ+ rights movement in the United States. As the month comes to a close, I thought I’d share some of the ways Pride and being a...
Thank you, House Natural Resources Committee!

Thank you, House Natural Resources Committee!

On May 1, members of the House Natural Resource Committee made a historic vote to move H.R. 1146, the Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act, forward. Today, we sent those members of Congress a thank you letter signed by 181 Alaskans from 43 communities,...
Beneath the Surface of Alaska Mining Day

Beneath the Surface of Alaska Mining Day

A few years ago, the Alaska mining industry’s political allies declared May 10 Alaska Mining Day, with the intention to “recognize and honor the intrepid individuals and industry that played an enormous role in settling and developing the territory and the state and...
Arctic Refuge Action: What’s Next?

Arctic Refuge Action: What’s Next?

“Protecting the coastal plain is protecting our identity, our human rights, and our culture. We need to protect the coastal plain because it gives us life. It makes us who we are. Those who attempt to exploit this sacred place have taken aim at our communities and...
Arctic Refuge Draft EIS Talking Points

Arctic Refuge Draft EIS Talking Points

Background The Gwich’in people, who have depended on the resources of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge since time immemorial, are united in their opposition to oil and gas development in the coastal plain. Their way of life is inextricably tied to the caribou of...
The Northern Line, Winter 2018

The Northern Line, Winter 2018

We’re pleased to announce the publication of the Winter 2018 edition of The Northern Line! The issue is available online, and limited print copies will be available at our office soon. Read the editor’s note below, and the entire issue on issuu.com. Enjoy!...
Stand for Being Heard

Stand for Being Heard

I caught my first salmon almost by accident. Canvassing a beach on Montague Island for glass fishing floats, we came across a creek so choked with pinks, I tried to bear-hug one out of the current into my arms. I ended up with a soaked chest instead of a fish, so we...