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



WMAN mining mini-grants program – Oct 1 deadline 

Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and Western Mining Action Network (WMAN) 2011- 2012 Grassroots Communities Mining Mini-Grant Program

The Western Mining Action Network (WMAN) offers a mini-grants program to support and enhance the capacity building efforts of mining-impacted communities in the U.S. and Canada to assure that mining projects do not adversely affect human, cultural, and the ecological health of communities. 

Program Criteria

  •  Grassroots community-based organizations, and Tribes or Tribal programs in the U.S. and Canada with any budget level may apply. However, if there are more applicants than funds available, priority will be given to organizations with an organizational or mining-specific project budget under $75,000 U.S.; priority will also be given to community-based grassroots groups affected by mining.
  • Requests must be project-specific for an immediate need such as legal assistance, organizing and outreach, development of campaign materials, media development, reports, travel, mailings, interns and consultants, etc. to be fulfilled within the next six months on a specific mining campaign.  Funds cannot be used for an organization’s general operating funds, staff salaries, rent or telephone bills.
  • Priority will be given to projects that build bridges and community across socio-economic and cultural lines.
  • Applicants may receive one grant per year. However, this limit does not apply to emergency grants.
  • Each grant issued will not exceed $3,000 U.S.
  • Funding recipients must submit a brief report detailing how funds were spent within 6 months of having received funding. Recipients will not be eligible for additional funding until the project has been completed and a project report, or an extension request, is received and accepted by WMAN and IEN.

To Apply

The next application period is October 1, 2011. For an application and more details about the program, click here.

Questions about the program can be directed to Aimee Boulanger, WMAN Network Coordinator at (360) 969-2028, or Simone Senogles, Indigenous Environmental Network, (218) 751-4967,

Alaska Renewable Energy Fair – Aug 13 

Don’t forget. THIS SATURDAY is the Alaska Renewable Energy Fair on the Anchorage Parkstrip. Have fun and learn about all the great things happening in our state. There will be fabulous music, food, crafts, workshops, a beer garden, and (hopefully) sunshine!  Download the 2011 Fair schedule (.pdf) or call REAP for more info at 907.929.7770.

New opportunity at ACF – Director of Finance 

Are you a seasoned finance manager with nonprofit experience? Your search may be over! ACF is seeking a Director of Finance who will be responsible for all aspects of ACF’s financial operations. Learn more about the position and apply today.

AK Coal Mining – Hazards to our health & environment – Aug 1 

COAL MINING IN ALASKA: HAZARDS TO HUMAN HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT will be held from 9 to 10am as part of the Alaska Collaborative on Health and the Environment teleconference seminar series. Guest Presenters Michelle Prevost, MD and Dennis Gann of Cook Inletkeeper will discuss contaminants that are released during mining, processing and transportation of coal, how living near coal mines can lead to adverse health effects, and how coal mining operations contaminate drinking water and surface water. Find out more about proposed plans to develop mines at Chuitna and Wishbone Hill, why communities are concerned, and how you can get involved in protecting public health, salmon, and water quality from coal contaminants.

For more information, or to join this FREE call and receive the dial-up instructions, please RSVP to ACAT at or call (907) 222-7714.

Become a Citizen Advocate – Aug 3-4 

Are you wanting to make a change in your community, but not sure you have the tools or training you need? In this exciting two-day training, you will learn tools and tips of the trade that you can use to make powerful, lasting impact in Alaska. Join professional outreach staff with experience on a local and national scale to learn how to: set concrete and achievable goals, participate in the political process, listen to and talk with diverse audiences, effectively work with media, and more! You will also have the opportunity to take action on important energy, transportation, planning, and other community issues that need our help.

The Citizen Advocacy Academy is FREE. Lunch included. The Academy will be held on August 3-4, 2011, at the Alaska Pacific University Veco Room in Anchorage. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Alli Harvey at

Sponsored by Alaska Conservation Foundation’s Community Capacity program, Defenders of Wildlife, and Alaska Center for the Environment.

ACF seeks a visionary leader 

Do you have a passion for conserving Alaska’s wild lands, waters and wildlife? ACF is seeking a visionary Executive Director to lead our organization in building a more powerful and sustained conservation movement.

Review of applications will begin July 15, 2011.

Funding for Native Americans Down 30% 

U.S. foundation support benefiting Native Americans declined from 0.5 percent to 0.3 percent of total foundation giving. According to Foundation Funding for Native American Issues and Peoples, released by Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) and the Foundation Center, total grant dollars targeting Native Americans dropped 30.8 percent in the last year, compared to a 12.4 percent overall downturn in foundation giving.

“Only a small number of U.S. foundations target funding for the direct benefit of Native Americans,” said Steven Lawrence, director of research at the Foundation Center. “This report documents the current reality and offers specific ways that other grantmakers might become engaged.”

“Yes to clean energy, No to offshore drilling” day of action – June 25 

Say “Yes” to clean energy, “No” to offshore drilling by joining the Hands Across the Sand national day of action 

A year after the country’s largest environmental disaster the regulatory landscape of oil and gas has still not changed.  The BP Deepwater drilling disaster should be a wake-up call to get America beyond oil, and it’s up to us to make it happen.   

On June 25 at 12:00, people of the world will have an opportunity to join hands and draw a line in the sand against expanding offshore oil drilling while championing clean energy.  Join hands in Anchorage to end our dependence on oil and coal to embrace a clean energy future.

You’re invited…

What:     Hands Across the Sand – Gathering, BBQ, bikes, and fun! BBQ and info booths throughout!
Where:  Point Woronzof
When:    Saturday, June 25th at 11am – 1pm

  • 11:00 am: If you’d like, meet at Covy Café at Westchester Lagoon and bike out to Point Woronzof (3.5 miles)
  • 11:30 am: Press conference, be sure to come hear speeches
  • 12:00 pm noon: Gather on the beach, it’s the main event! 

In response to high gas prices, some government leaders have aggressively been pushing new off shore oil and gas drilling, in the Gulf, Arctic, and everywhere else.  Oil and Coal are the largest polluters threatening the quality of air we breathe, the water that we drink and the food we eat.  We need to say no to offshore oil drilling and yes to clean energy to protect our futures.

This movement is about embracing energy sources that will sustain our planet. It’s about protecting our coastal economies, oceans, marine fisheries and wildlife, and cultures.  Gather with fellow Alaskans for a clean energy future!

Not in Anchorage? Check in with your local Sierra Club to find out details for your area.