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ACF Launches Alaska Defense Fund 

Stand with us!

Alaska Conservation Foundation launched the Alaska Defense Fund* on Inauguration Day 2017 with a goal of raising $1 million a year for the next four years to support a more aggressive grantmaking effort. ACF committed $200,000 to kick off the fund and we have already raised more than $100,000 to add to that.

We now know the tremendous threat the new administration and Congress pose to our federal public lands in Alaska and the progress we have made as a nation on building resilience to our climate crisis. Our concern increased with the confirmation of Scott Pruitt as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

ACF is strategizing with our partners daily. We are committed to funding their collaborative efforts to protect our public lands and waters in Alaska, wild salmon and old-growth forests from harmful policies that further industrial-scale development and climate change.

Your gift today will go directly to ensuring ACF can stay nimble against the mounting threats, and deploy resources to our partners quickly, where and when needed most.

Tongass National Forest ©Damion Brook Kintz

Tongass National Forest ©Damion Brook Kintz

Tremendous challenges are ahead but we must remember that for over 35 years ACF, our partners and you have successfully defended Alaska’s unparalleled natural environment and the ways of life it sustains. And with your help, we will prevail again.

Under our collective watch:

•  The coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has yet to be opened to oil and gas development.
•  Pebble Mine has yet to be built in the Bristol Bay watershed.
•  Industrial-scale logging of old-growth forests in the Tongass National Forest has decreased tremendously.

But these successes are tentative now and pointed attacks have already begun.

If you are already a supporter, please consider sharing this with your friends, making an additional special gift today and/or becoming a sustaining monthly donor by joining our Great Land Giving Club.

If you have made a gift recently, we thank you!

 

*The Alaska Defense Fund is a campaign of Alaska Conservation Foundation—a 501(c)(3) organization. Your contribution to ACF may qualify for a tax deduction based on your individual circumstance. ACF’s tax identification number is 92-0061466.

100% of our Trustees Donate to ACF, Now it’s Staffs’ Turn! 

Denali National Park ©John Schoen

Denali National Park ©John Schoen

On November 29, 2016, #GivingTuesday, ACF staff have donated $3,000 to show our commitment to defending Alaska. And now we challenge YOU: Will you help double our impact in the next 24 hours (through 10:00 a.m. on November 30)? Just click here to make your gift and here to follow our progress on Facebook. THANK YOU!

2016 Conservation Achievement Awards Luncheon 

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Please join Alaska Conservation Foundation for a celebration of the 2016 Conservation Achievement Award recipients at a luncheon in their honor on September 22, 2016 from 12:00 to 3:00 at Williwaw Restaurant in Anchorage. 

Click here for the list of this year’s recipients.

To purchase tickets for this year’s award luncheon, click here.

Questions? Please contact Lucas Veldhuis at development@alaskaconservation.org or (907) 433-8214.

Photo credit: Snowy Owlets, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ©Art Wolfe/www.artwolfe.com

 

Meet the 2016 Conservation Interns! 

Most of the group on a hike in the Chugach Mountains, a tradition during orientation ©Anna Dalton

Most of the group on a hike in the Chugach Mountains, a tradition during orientation ©Anna Dalton

This year’s cohort of Ted Smith Conservation Interns is now a month into their internships at their host organizations like Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council and Southeast Alaska Conservation Council.

Click here to read more about them and the meaningful projects they are working on this summer.

Now Accepting Applications to the Organizational Capacity Grantmaking Program 

Pond on Revillagigedo Island ©Ground Truth Trekking

Pond on Revillagigedo Island ©Ground Truth Trekking

Now through August 26, 2016, Alaska Conservation Foundation is accepting applications for our Organizational Capacity grantmaking program. Successful applicants will receive $20,000 in general operating support for their efforts to achieve more robust environmental policies, enduring conservation impact and a more influential conservation movement.

Click here for more details!

Small Grants Program Now Accepting Applications 

Chocolate Lily ©Stacy Studebaker

Chocolate Lily ©Stacy Studebaker

ACF is happy to announce a new Small Grants Program.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with awards ranging from $500 to $2,000 and preference given to organizations with annual operating budgets under $200,000. The goal of this grantmaking program is to foster a more effective, sustainable conservation movement through funding to strengthen its leadership base, encourage collaboration and help leaders and organizations navigate changing political and economic climates.

Click here for more details!

Calling for nominations for the 2016 Conservation Achievement Awards! 

2015 Awards Luncheon ©Lucas Veldhuis

2015 Awards Luncheon ©Lucas Veldhuis

Do you know an individual or organization making a significant difference in their efforts to protect Alaska’s natural environment and the diverse cultures and ways of life it sustains? If so, do your part to recognize their contributions by nominating them for an award in one of eight categories. Click here for the details.

Nominations are due to ACF by April 30th!

2015 Conservation Achievement Awards Luncheon 

Thurs. September 24, 2015 | 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. | Bridge Seafood |  Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska Conservation Foundation Board of Trustees, Awards Committee & Staff invite you to join us in celebration of the 2015 Conservation Achievement Award recipients at a luncheon in their honor.  

Since 1985, ACF has honored talented, passionate individuals for their exceptional contributions to Alaska conservation. Click here for more information about this year’s award recipients.

To purchase your ticket(s), please click here.

Questions? Please contact Lucas Veldhuis at (907) 276-1917 or lveldhuis@alaskaconservation.org.

Thank You to the Sponsors of our 35th Anniversary Celebration 

ACF would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who joined us at our 35th Anniversary Celebration on June 3rd at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Past and present Trustees, supporters, grantees and partners, Conservation Achievement Award recipients, current and former Conservation Interns, former staff and community leaders — you are all an important part of ACF’s history.

We’d like to convey an extra special thanks to our generous sponsors that helped make this celebration possible:

Denali Sponsors

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Foraker Sponsors

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2015 Conservation Achievement Awards Announced 

Alaska Conservation Foundation is thrilled to announce the 2015 Conservation Achievement Award recipients! More details about this year’s honorees and the Awards luncheon will be announced very soon. In the meantime, please save the afternoon of September 24th!

Lifetime Achievement

Helen Nienhueser

Celia Hunter Award for Outstanding Volunteer Contributions

Becky Long

Olaus Murie Award for Outstanding Professional Contributions

Marilyn Heiman

Denny Wilcher Award for Young Environmental Activists

Griffin Plush

Daniel Housberg Wilderness Image Award for Excellence in Still Photography, Film, or Video

Florian Schulz

Jerry S. Dixon Award for Excellence in Environmental Education

Laurel Devaney

Caleb Pungowiyi Award for Outstanding Achievements by an Alaska Native Organization or Individual 

United Tribes of Bristol Bay

 

 

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