AK First Lady visits Keet for local fish lunch 

Alaska First Lady Sandy Parnell was in Sitka on Wednesday  to honor a program that offers local fish lunches to students. The Fish to Schools Program grew out of a health summit in Sitka two years ago when someone suggested serving local fish in school cafeterias.

The project is led by the Sitka Conservation Society and NANA Management, which handles the school lunch program for the Sitka School District.

Fish to Schools was named the best farm-to-school program in the state for this school year.

Watch the video of her visit now.

Alaska’s Earth Month Events – April 

Did you know 1 in 7 people lack access to clean drinking water? Clean water is at risk around the world and in Alaska.

Throughout April, Aveda salons around the country are celebrating their annual Earth Month Campaign – an effort to raise money for and awareness about the importance of protecting the world’s clean water. ACF is the local partner for this effort and 100% of the funds raised by Alaska’s Aveda salons through their events will be used to support local efforts to protect Alaska’s unparalleled clean water.

We hope you’ll join us at one of the events happening around Alaska this month! Check back for updates about these or other events.


  • $1 Donated per Salon Service
    When: Throughout the month of April
    Where: Elements Salon in Fairbanks
    What: Elements is donating $1.00 of every salon service provided this month.
  • First Friday
    When: April 6th, 6:00-8:00 pm
    Where: Elements Salon in Fairbanks
    What: This fun and free evening will feature local artists, creative looks by stylists, a product basket giveaway, and more.
  • Cut-a-Thon for Clean Water
    When: April 22nd, 10:00 am-3:00 pm
    Where: Elements Salon in Fairbanks
    What: $25 for haircuts, $10 for brow waxing, $10 for 15-minute chair massages and more!


  • Fashion for the Earth
    When: April 21st, 7:00 pm
    Where: Core Pilates Studio, Anchorage (hosted by Meg Allen Salon & Spa and Core Pilates)
    What: Join them for drinks, appetizers and recycled fashion show.
  • HAIR 2O
    When: April 25th, 6:00-9:00 pm
    Where: Taproot in Anchorage
    What: Halo Salon hosts a multi-faceted hair show featuring Pulse Dance Company, and silent auction in support of clean water.
  • Walk for Water
    When: April 29th
    What: Join Darae’s Salon & Spa for their annual “Walk for Water” along the coastal trail. Contact the salon for more details.

Learn more about Aveda’s Earth Month Campaign and their commitment to social and environmental responsibility.


How a Grassroots Rebellion Won the Nation’s Biggest Climate Victory 

Check out this article explaning how US conservationists prevented over 160 coal fired power plants from being constructed, which would have increased US carbon pollution by 9.5%. ACF and our partners in Alaska are joining in by helping to keep Alaska’s coal in the ground and our air clean.

Apply for Potlatch Fund’s Community Building grant – deadline April 13th 

2012 marks eight years of Potlatch Fund’s Community Building grant program. These grants promote community organizing, community building, and community celebration. They work to impart values, histories, and knowledge to the next generation.

Download the application form here. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, April 13th.

2012 Wild and Scenic Film Festival Debuts – April 26 

Step out of Winter’s darkness and into Spring with the debut of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, one of the largest environmental traveling film festivals in North America!  Get inspired and ready for summer action with award-winning films that explore how community leaders and average citizens are working together to solve community issues. Experience the adrenaline of trekking across the globe or skiing in the backcountry, and celebrate the many splendors of the natural and wild world.


  • Date: April 26, 2012
  • Time: 6-10 pm (Opening reception begins at 6)
  • Place: Historic Train Depot in downtown Palmer, AK

In addition to the stellar selection of films the event will include live music, speakers, delicious local foods, a cash bar and a variety of great prizes.  This is a family friendly event.

Space is limited so grab your tickets today! Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and children ten and under get in free. For more information, visit the festival website, email or by phone at (907) 746-0130.


Environmental reproductive health lecture series kicks-off – March 26, 27 

Join Monique Harden, Attorney & Co-Director of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights, for a presentation on defending and advancing the human right to a healthy environment.  Monique will examine the legal counsel and advocacy support that helped win groundbreaking environmental justice victories to remedy governmental systems that subject communities to severely toxic environments.

From the Gulf of Mexico to the Gulf of Alaska, communities are connected by global impacts from environmental contaminants.  Monique’s lecture is part of a Environmental Reproductive Health Lecture Series and is titled, Upholding Our Human Right to Live in a Healthy Environment.  Sponsored by Alaska Community Action on Toxics, YWCA Alaska, Pacific Environment, and Alaska Women’s Environmental Network.


  • Homer — Monday, March 26, 2012
    7:00 pm lecture, 6:30 pm reception.
    This lecture is free at the Islands & Ocean Visitor Center, 95 Sterling Highway.
  • Anchorage — Tuesday, March 27, 2012
    7:00 pm lecture, 6:30 pm reception.
    This lecture is free at the Loussac Library-Wilda Marston Theatre.

For more information call (907) 222-7714, or visit Alaska Community Action on Toxics.



Conservation leaders comment on DNR’s new mission 

Lindsey Ketchel, Karen Max Kelly, Trish Rolfe and Andy Moderow recently commented on Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources new mission statement. The new mission puts development interests ahead of Alaskan interests, and removes the focus on Alaska’s future. Read more here.

2012 nominations open for Conservation Achievement Awards 

Do you know an individual or organization making a difference for conservation in Alaska? Recognize their passion and contributions by nominating them for a 2012 Conservation Achievement Award. This year ACF will present awards in eight categories, including a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Get nomination form and guidelines here. Nomination packets are due to ACF by April 9, 2012.

Pick. Click. Give. 2013 Application Open 

The 2013 Pick. Click. Give. application is now available. For local non-profits, this program raises the level of awareness throughout Alaska about the power of individual giving. It also makes it easy for Alaskans to support their favorite charities. Start the application process now.


Jobs in the conservation community 

Executive Director, Northern Alaska Environmental Center
The Northern Alaska Environmental Center (NAEC), a nonprofit organization located in Fairbanks, Alaska, seeks an energetic leader and experienced manager with political acumen and broad familiarity with environmental issues. This individual will take a strong organization to the next level of excellence through her/his vision and strategic response to current and emerging issues. The successful candidate will demonstrate a solid and long-standing conservation ethic and an ability to inspire, collaborate with and supervise a staff of seven; fundraise successfully in a variety of contexts; and communicate effectively with donors, members and the media. Excellent oral and written skills are a prerequisite, as is an ability to develop collaborative, solutions-based outcomes within our local community and with state and national conservation partners.

To apply, send resume, cover letter, and complete contact information for three professional references to with subject line: NAEC ED application_Last name_First name.  Please convert all attachments to PDF format. Include in your cover letter your qualifications for this position and a statement (1,000 words max) on the following topic: NAEC’s organizational vision states, “We envision a naturally thriving, biologically and culturally diverse, wildlands-rich, sustainable, inspiring and thoughtfully protected northern Alaska, forever.” This vision leaves considerable room for a strong leader, working with the board and staff, to create effective strategies for addressing opportunities and challenges in northern Alaska.  What makes you this leader?

Review of applications will begin Feb 13, 2012 but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Manager of External Affairs, WWF Arctic Field Office
WWF has been working in the Arctic for twenty years, and has had a field office in Alaska for over a decade. WWF’s program is focused on Arctic oceans protection, sustainable fisheries, and conserving trans-boundary species and ecosystems in the face of rapid climate change. Effective communications are integral to delivering results in WWF’s conservation efforts.  The Manager of External Relations will play a key role in the Alaska team by developing innovative approaches in communications and development.

To apply or to learn more, please click here for the position description.


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