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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 


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 or (907) 433-8214.

Photo credit: Snowy Owlets, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ©Art Wolfe/


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

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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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



ACF announces Michael Barber as new Executive Director 

Michael Barber

Michael Barber

Alaska Conservation Foundation is pleased to announce that Michael Barber has been selected as the organization’s new Executive Director, effective August 10, 2015. Barber will replace Ann Rothe who announced her planned retirement earlier this year.

According to Board of Trustees’ Chair Jim DeWitt, “the Board of Trustees is delighted that Michael Barber has accepted the Board’s offer. Michael is an Alaskan, and is thoroughly familiar with Alaska and the conservation challenges facing the state. He will bring high energy, detailed knowledge and considerable experience to the job as ACF’s Executive Director.”

Barber has been a Program Officer at ACF since 2013. His professional career in conservation began at the Municipality of Anchorage as the LED Lighting Project manager, a project that saved the city millions of dollars and reduced energy consumption by 60%. Before joining ACF, Barber managed the complex merger of Alaska Center for the Environment, Alaska Conservation Alliance and Voters and Alaska Youth for Environmental Action, a project facilitated by ACF. Prior to that, he served as Board Treasurer for Alaska Conservation Alliance.

Born in Anchorage, Barber is a fourth generation Alaskan. He received his undergraduate degree from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, and his MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio School of Management in San Francisco.


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