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.


Chief Clarence Alexander receives the Presidential Citizens Medal 

Clarence Alexander received the the second highest civilian honor from President Obama last week. In a ceremony at the White House, Alexander of Fort Yukon, Alaska was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal for his contributions to his community.  In his remarks, President Obama praised Alexander for his environmental work protecting the Yukon River Watershed, his involvement on the Council of Athabascan Governments, and his efforts to preserve cultural traditions. Alexander co-founded the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council and was a member of the Gwich’in Steering Committee, both organizations are ACF grantees. Read more about his award now.

Find your calling at ACF 

Are you looking for a professional challenge and at the same time want to help protect Alaska’s environment? You can make a difference for our great state. Visit our job site to find your next career.


Fishers of Nation’s Largest Salmon Run Fight Proposed Mine 

Locals and indigenous people worry that the proposed Pebble Mine will harm their remote Alaskan community. Read more in National Geographic.

ACF announces new executive director 

Alaska Conservation Foundation today announced the appointment of Ann Rothe, a seasoned nonprofit executive and conservationist, as its new executive director. Rothe has been serving as the interim executive director since former Director Nick Hardigg resigned in June.

 “After a national search, the ACF board of trustees voted unanimously and enthusiastically to hire Ann Rothe as ACF’s executive director,” said Chair Nancy Lord. “Ann brings a strong combination of management and development skills, and has a long history with and commitment toAlaskaconservation. We’re delighted to have her leading the organization into the future.”

Ann Rothe, 2011

Rothe joined ACF in 2007 as a senior program officer to focus on oceans, mining and other issues. In recent years, she has served as Deputy Director and led the Bristol Bay Watershed and Fisheries Protection campaign. Previously, she worked as an environmental consultant working on a range of issues from environmental health to education. She has held positions at the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, US Department of Interior, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation (whose Alaska office she established), Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council which she helped create shortly after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and Trustees for Alaska, where she served as executive director for ten years. She has resided inAlaskafor more than 30 years.

Rothe assumed her new position on Monday. “I’m excited to be at the helm of the Foundation as we move forward in helping to realize a broader, more influential conservation movement that can affect enduring change,” said Rothe. “For more than 30 years, ACF has had a critical role in helping to raise awareness and funding forAlaska’s conservation issues. ACF working with our partners is well positioned to foster new gains in research, best practices, and public involvement in managingAlaska’s natural resources in the future.”

Founded in 1980 by legendaryAlaskaconservationists Celia Hunter and Denny Wilcher, ACF is a public foundation dedicated to connecting philanthropists toAlaska’s grassroots conservation efforts. In its history, ACF has made more than $33 million of grants to conservation causes inAlaskaand has a $5 million endowment. For more information, visit