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Public Lands

Arctic Refuge

We are celebrating 50 years of protection for America's Arctic.  In celebration of this victory

People across the country flew kites throughout the year to highlight the importance of the Arctic Refuge as a nesting, molting, and staging area for birds that fly to the Arctic Refuge from across the country and the world. 

In Anchorage, folks came out to celebrate by flyinig those same kites.  Below you'll find Dan Ritzman, Executive Director, joining in on the fun!












Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Nestled between the Brooks Mountain Range and the shores of the Beaufort Sea in remote northeast Alaska, the narrow 1.5 million-acre coastal plain of the Refuge is the biological heart of this untamed wilderness.

Chugach Forest, A Unifying Environmental Issue
In an increasingly polarized nation, environmental issues may be a natural way to unite groups across the political spectrum. Recent trends both at the national level and in our own backyard underscore this opportunity.

Keep Them Roadless!
On May 5th, 2005 one of the most popular conservation policies in American history was revoked by the Bush administration. Their decision to abandon the landmark Roadless Area Conservation Rule, and replace it with a convoluted petition process, leaves America's last wild forests at risk from destructive commercial logging and road building. This ill-conceived plan ignores the overwhelming public support and forces Governors to petition the Department of Agriculture to protect their wild, roadless National Forests.

Sound Truth and Corporate Myth$
Climbing a mountain begins with taking the first steps. I invite you to join the pilgrims who have already started to climb this mountain of corporate greed and fear. Step one: do not purchase any ExxonMobil gas or other products, including stock – and do not take this action out of anger or revenge, but because you wish to make other choices that match your values.

Oil Development in the Western Arctic
The 23.5-million-acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (Reserve) lies in the northwestern third of America’s Arctic between the Brooks Range and the Arctic Ocean. It is a deceptive land, harsh and unforgiving, yet surprisingly fragile.

Water World Threatens Prince William Sound
Water World: proposed floating fuel barge, convenience store, and lodge in Herring Bay, Knight Island threatens Prince William Sound.

New Forest Planning Regulations bad for Chugach
On December 23, 2004, the Bush administration announced they were opening up pristine parts of the Tongass National Forest to new logging and development. In April 2005, they released damaging new regulatory changes to the rules that guide sound forest management.

Chugach National Forest
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Arctic Alaska

Alaska Rainforest Protection Proposal Map
Map of proposed protected areas in the Chugach National Forest.

Alaska Rainforest Conservation Act
Although 98% of the Chugach is classified as roadless and qualifies for Wilderness designation, there is no designated Wilderness on the forest. Comprised of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, Prince William Sound, and the Copper River Delta, the issues and threats facing these three regions vary and demand wilderness protection.


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