Photos: Jovell Rennie
We had so much fun at Northern Abundance Weekend. Whether you attended Currant Fest for a cooking demonstration, the live performance from Ahtna Athabascan and Iñupiaq songwriter Quinn Christopherson, the Friday night conservation film screening, guided plant walks, or any of the Fungi Fest events throughout the weekend, we are so grateful that you celebrated with us.
We'd love to hear your feedback on these events, and you can share your thoughts on Northern Abundance Weekend by filling out the brief digital survey linked here.
Didn't make it? Let us know what else you've been up to lately - whether you spent the weekend berry picking, hunting, hanging around town, or watching movies, we always enjoy hearing from our members with life updates and environmental questions.
Comment by Sunday:
Statewide Transportation Improvement Program
Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT) is currently accepting public comments for the Alaska 2024-2027 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The proposed STIP includes Johnson River, Gerstle River, and Robertson River bridge replacement projects. Replacement of these aging bridges is being fast-tracked to support the proposed Kinross ore haul plan related to the Manh Choh mine.
The replacement of these bridges is necessary given their age, but could easily follow standard DOT timelines and construction practices if they were not being used for the ore haul, which will cause increased degradation due to higher traffic volumes and heavy loads. It is inappropriate for an estimated $300 million of state funds to be used to effectively subsidize transportation for a mining company.
Additionally, our partners at SalmonState and Wild Salmon Center are encouraging folks to submit comments opposing the West Susitna Industrial Access Road. To learn more about these concerns, check the West Su Wild website.
What you eat can make a difference
Long time Northern Center member Terry Reichardt is offering a gardening class in Fairbanks this fall, and we hope to see our community there. Below is a brief description of the class:
If each of us makes an effort to use fewer resources, we may save the planet. Something as small as growing a vegetable garden can make a difference. Did you know that one third of the world’s carbon footprint comes from the commercial production of food? Transportation is a significant part of it. Did you know that 95% of food in Alaska comes from outside the state? Growing our own food really has an impact. A class on growing vegetables in Fairbanks can help you get started. Recommended by the Cooperative Extension Service, this class is for experienced as well as first time gardeners. It includes general information on growing, cooking and preserving vegetables in the Interior, and specific information for each individual vegetable. Come in, grab a cup of hot tea or coffee with a cookie and sit down among lots of fellow Fairbanksans trying to make a difference.
Growing Veggies in Fairbanks
Mondays from September 25 thru November 13
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
1st Presbyterian Church
7th and Cushman
Work with Northern Center
We are seeking applicants for our Arctic Program Coordinator position. This position works to honor, respect, and enhance communications between Indigenous and Alaska-based groups on environmental justice campaigns in Arctic Alaska. This position would increase capacity for land and water defense in Arctic Alaska and ensure communication and coordination between Alaska-based partners and national defense campaigns.
More information, including how to apply, can be found here. Please share this listing with your network to help us find the right candidate for the role.
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!
September 16: Fairbanks March for a Fossil Free Future
Join Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition on September 16th from 4:30-5:30 PM for a march from the Golden Heart Plaza to Veterans Park to show your support for a fossil fuel free future! There will be art parties to prepare for the march at 60 Hall St on September 9th from 3-6pm and September 13th from 5-8pm. Find more information from the march at the Facebook event here or reach out to email@example.com to get involved.
Save the Date: Night for the North November 17
Each year, we host an end-of-year auction and gathering in November. It's a great opportunity to get together with new and old friends, chat with Northern Center staff, and raise some funds to support our ongoing efforts. Mark your calendars now for our biggest event of the year!
The Northern Alaska Environmental Center promotes conservation of the environment and sustainable resource stewardship in Interior and Arctic Alaska through education and advocacy.
Our Contact Information