...by joining the public meeting this morning!
Photo: Lynn Cornberg
THIS MORNING: join a public Transportation Advisory Committee meeting (in person or virtually) about the Manh Choh ore transportation proposal. Public comments will be accepted for the first hour of the meeting, from 9 AM to 10 AM.
Can't make it today? You can also submit your questions or comments at any time or sign up for project notifications – email: email@example.com, or call 907-456-1418. Please also check the project website for other opportunities to share your feedback, including future in- person community meetings.
How to Join In-Person:
Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center 3605 Cartwright Court,
Building C Fairbanks, AK 99709
Click here to join by Zoom.
Dial in: 1-888-475-4499 (US Toll-free)
Webinar ID: 89718151712#
Stay tuned for Arctic Updates
We celebrated alongside Indigenous partners and conservation groups last week when Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced that the Biden administration would cancel AIDEA's remaining leases in the Arctic Refuge. This is a huge win in our ongoing work to protect the coastal plain. The announcement came alongside a draft SEIS for the Arctic Refuge, which calls for a 45-day comment period reassessing the oil and gas leasing program on the coastal plain. A second lease sale in the Arctic Refuge is still required by law, but we will continue to push back against any new leasing activity, and we will provide more information soon regarding strategies for public comment.
The Bureau of Land Management also released a new proposed rule for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (Reserve), which would create stronger safeguards against new oil-and-gas leasing in designated Special Areas. This proposal launches a 60-day public comment period.
We are working to compile guidance for public comments for both the Arctic Refuge and the Reserve, so stay tuned for more information to come.
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’re hiring! Concerned about the Manh Choh ore haul and other mineral exploration around Fairbanks? We’re looking for someone to join our Clean Water and Mining program team part-time to fight against harmful industrial projects that will impact Interior communities.
Click here to learn more about the Mining Impacts Response Coordinator role and how to apply.
We are also continuing to accept applications 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 on the Arctic Program Coordinator role, 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!