...and Run for the Refuge this weekend.
Wherever you are, help us raise awareness and funds to Protect the Arctic this weekend. Run a 5k or 10k with us in Fairbanks, or run, walk, paddle, hike, bike, or otherwise move for a virtual 5k anywhere. Register here to participate!
Running in person? Stop by our office Friday night from 4-7 PM to pickup your bib, or join us for same day registration and bib pickup at the UAF Ski Hut starting at 11 am on Saturday.
Participating virtually? Print out your bib at home and snap some photos of your outdoor excursion. Share them with us on our Facebook event page, on other social media with the hashtag #RunForTheRefuge or email them to email@example.com.
New petition opposing ore hauling proposal - and opportunities to sign this month
Image: Advocates for Safe Alaska Highways
Advocates for Safe Alaska Highways (ASAH) is collecting signatures for a new petition opposing the ore hauling transportation plan associated with the Manh Choh mine. Several hundred individuals have already signed on, and ASAH will be providing several opportunities to sign in person over the next few weeks.
July 13: Delta Community Center from 6-8 pm
- July 15: UAF Ski Hut 11 am-3 pm at Run for the Refuge
- July 21-23: booth at the Deltana Fair
- July 29: day table at the Tanana Valley State Fair (in the blue Borealis building)
August 5: day table at the Tanana Valley State Fair (in the blue Borealis building)
- Salcha Store, anytime the store is open
- Delta IGA, anytime the store is open
- Delta Building Supply, anytime the store is open
If you are unable to make it to any of these signing opportunities, email
firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy to sign at home.
Protecting Local Salmon: Graphite One Update
Photo: Katie McClellan
The Native Village Traditional Councils of Teller and Brevig Mission submitted permit applications to protect the instream flow of two critical salmon-bearing streams in the Imuruk Basin. These waterways are threatened by the proposed Graphite One mine. These permits have now been accepted by Alaska Department of Natural Resources for review.
Tribes are concerned about the impacts the mine would have on subsistence resources, water and air quality, and habitat, and are working to protect the area and its aquatic habitat from the detrimental effects of hardrock mining. Gilbert Tocktoo, President of the Native Village of Brevig’s Traditional Council, explained that the tribes have “traditionally hunted and fished in the Imuruk Basin for thousands of years.” This history, local food security, and the abundance of the ecosystem would be irreversibly harmed by development of the mine.
Intensive Management in Southwest Alaska
Photo: Ryan Marsh
In an unprecedented act by the State of Alaska, ninety-four brown bears, five black bears, and five wolves were killed by helicopter in a one-week period. There was no notice given and no comment period for public input, and the justification given by Alaska Department of Fish and Game is questionable.
Learn more about this issue by reading Rick Steiner's op-ed in the Anchorage Daily News. Then, speak out by contacting your state legislators, the Department of Fish and Game, or writing a letter to the editor in your local paper.
If you have any questions or would like to be more involved with this issue, call Northern Center supporter Sean McGuire at (907) 888-0124.
Save the Date: Northern Abundance Weekend
From August 25-27, join us at Northern Abundance Weekend for a celebration of all that Alaska has to offer.
This weekend of events will include a film screening, live music, opportunities to learn about local fungi and berries, and lots more. Fungi Fest and the first ever Currant Festival will both take part in this jam-packed weekend. Mark your calendar now and stay tuned for the official event schedule coming soon.
- Ron Yarnell argues that the proposed Ambler mining road is not viable, but a state preserve is, in an op-ed in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
Global pursuit of a green transition is endangering Indigenous peoples around the world who live on or near lands targeted by new mining projects looking to extract minerals to support an energy transition. Over the last decade, there have been 495 reported human rights allegations against companies involved in transition mineral extraction. Mining projects fail to address the environmental & human rights impacts from traditional mining practices, & history demonstrates that mining almost always occurs without Free, Prior and Informed Consent of the impacted communities.
Want to represent Defend the Brooks Range wherever you go? The coalition’s Bonfire store is now up & running! You can order tshirts, sweatshirts, and other items to wear and share the message that Brooks Range communities and ecosystems must be protected from the proposed Ambler Road.
Alaska Community Action on Toxics seeks a talented and highly motivated person to serve as our Water Quality and Community Health Protection Coordinator. This person will help advance ACAT’s mission and achieve environmental health and justice. The coordinator will work statewide to protect water quality and public health from harmful mining, oil and gas, and military activities. The coordinator will work with Alaskans, ACAT’s coalition partners, and decision-makers to advocate for policies that strengthen the public’s right to know, hold polluters accountable, and uphold environmental protections, health, and human rights.
The Northern Alaska Environmental Center is a nonprofit and depends on the contributions of its members and supporters. You can donate any time by going to northern.org/donate. Thank you for continuing to make our advocacy possible!
July 15: Sun Jam Summer Celebration with FCAC
After Run for the Refuge, head to Griffin Park to celebrate summer with the Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition. From 2 PM to 5 PM, stop by for music, food, and community updates. For more information, click here.
July 21: NWS Alaska Climate Outlook Briefing
Join the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy for a webinar briefing on the current climate conditions around Alaska and what the early fall may have in store. Register here.
The Northern Alaska Environmental Center promotes conservation of the environment and sustainable resource stewardship in Interior and Arctic Alaska through education and advocacy.
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