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NAEC Auction Celebrating 50 Wild Years of Arctic Refuge – Nov 6 

Get your bids ready!  The Northern Alaska Environmental Center (NAEC) Annual Auction is being held on Saturday, November 6th at the Princess Hotel in Fairbanks. This year NAEC is celebrating “50 Wild Years of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge” with fabulous items to bid on in support of conservation.  

The evening includes…
5 pm – Doors open with the Silent Auction 
6 pm – Dinner with a choice of entree — * London Broil with a champagne demi-glace, * Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon grilled with a lemon-caper sauce, or * Grilled Curried Vegetable Kabobs with saffron rice pilaf (vegan)
7 pm – Outcry Auction

Admission is by reservation ONLY. Reserve your seat by 5 pm on November 3rd by calling (907)452-5234, or stop by NAEC if you are inFairbanks. Cost is $30/person including dinner.

Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame Nominations – Nov 1 

Celebrate an outstanding Alaskan woman by nominating her for induction into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame!  Nominees are those Alaskan women whose contributions, in any and all fields and endeavors, have influenced the direction of Alaska.

Nominations are due November 1, 2010.  To see who has been inducted in previous years, review eligibility requirements and to access the nomination form, please go to the website:  www.alaskawomenshalloffame.org

Clean Water & Muddy Boots Field Trip – Oct 30 

Join SEACC’s clean water and mining expert, GUY ARCHIBALD, on a field trip to learn about the EFFECTS OF POLLUTION AND DISRUPTION IN LOCAL JUNEAU WATERSHEDS from 10am to Noon. Subjects will include water quality and the effects of development on the biology of river ecosystems and river-dwelling life. The trip will begin in the gravel parking lot on Nancy Street in Juneau (off Mendenhall Loop Road – near the Nancy Street Wetland Enhancement Project). Please RSVP to Guy at Guy@seacc.org or call the SEACC office at 586-6942 before Friday, October 29th. We would like to set up a carpool, so if you are able to drive, please let us know! Bring your boots and rain gear, and prepare to get muddy!

Skijoring & Dog Sledding Across Alaska with Brian Okonek – Nov 12 

Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition invites you to spend the evening exploring Alaska’s Northcountry with Brian Okonek–wilderness guide, adventurer and photographer.  

  • Presentation: Skijoring & Dog Sledding Across Alaska with Brian Okonek
  • Date: November 12, 2010
  • Location: Loussac Library’s Wilda Marston Theatre  in Anchorage
  • Time: 7:00-9:00 pm

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Download the poster now.

Eliminating the World’s Most Dangerous Chemicals Teleconference – Oct 27 

An international panel of experts recently met in Geneva, Switzerland to review chemicals now being considered for a worldwide ban under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and ACF grantee Alaska Community Action on Toxics was there. Three chemicals being considered for global action are found in the Arctic due to their long range transport by wind and ocean currents. Hear firsthand about the outcomes of the meeting from international observers including Pam Miller, Executive Director of ACAT who attended the meeting in Geneva.

To join this FREE call and receive the dial-up instructions, please RSVP to diana@akaction.org or call (907) 222-7714. The teleconference will be held on October 27th from 9 to 10 am.

Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame Calls for Nominations – Nov 1 

Celebrate an outstanding Alaskan woman by nominating her for induction into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame!  Nominees are those Alaskan women whose contributions, in any and all fields and endeavors, have influenced the direction of Alaska.

Nominations are due November 1, 2010.  To see who has been inducted in previous years, review eligibility requirements and to access the nomination form, please go to the website:  www.alaskawomenshalloffame.org


Sitka Conservation Society Receives National Wilderness Award 

Bob Marshall was a hero for wilderness, especially Alaskan wilderness.  As an early head of  Recreation Management with the Forest Service in the 1930s, Marshall was one of the first to suggest that primitive and unconfined lands needed to be protected for the future.  Along with other fathers of conservation like Aldo Leopold, he helped found the Wilderness Society, which worked to create the 1964 Wilderness Act.

The Bob Marshall Award for Champions of Wilderness is one of the Forest Service’s highest honors given to organizations and individuals who, like Marshall himself, make bold and creative moves to preserve our nation’s unique and vital wilderness resource.  This year, ACF grantee Sitka Conservation Society (SCS) received the award. SCS was founded in 1967 to protect portions of the Tongass National Forest, the nation’s largest national forest containing nearly half of the world’s remaining intact coastal temperate rainforest.

Two of SCS’s founders, Chuck and Alice Johnstone, now in their 80s, attended the award ceremony to accept the prestigious award. “We’re thrilled. It is wonderful milestone in Sitka and within the Forest Service,” said Alice Johnstone. “Forty years ago when we started our work we never dreamed we’d see a day like this, when the Forest Service and our group would be standing together to celebrate the beauty and wilderness of the Tongass National Forest.”

The award is a very important benchmark for conservation on the Tongass National Forest and serves to demonstrate how the efforts of SCS are changing social values and norms around Wilderness conservation in Alaska.  At the time that SCS was founded in the sixties, the Tongass was ruled by the politics of the pulp industry.  Inspired by the recent passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act, a group of Sitkans made the unpopular decision to draft Alaska’s first citizen-initiated Wilderness Proposal to preserve the islands, muskegs and mountains they loved.  They succeeded, despite vehement opposition by powerful interests, including the Forest Service.  The result was the West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness Area.

Since the designation of West Chichag of Wilderness and near-by South Baranof Wilderness, SCS has focused on continuing the tradition of wilderness stewardship pioneered by our founders with  projects like the Community Wilderness Stewardship Project, which connects citizens with their wilderness to collect baseline ecological and solitude data; Echoes of the Tongass, a wilderness focused film sponsored by SCS; and a City resolution recognizing the economic value of wilderness to Sitka.

Get more information about the Bob Marshall Award now.

“We Live by the River” Premieres at Toronto Film Fest 

When their wildlife, lands and waters were contaminated by military, mining and municipal waster, the indigenous nations of the Yukon River basin in Canada and Alaska joined forces to protect and heal the watershed. A team of filmmakers followed their journey, which resulted in a series of films including “We Live by the River,” the fourth in the series.

“We Live by the River” premieres in Toronto at the world’s largest environmental film festival, Planet in Focus, on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 5:45 pm at the Al Green Theatre. Moviegoers are invited to join ACF Board member Faon O’Connor after the screening for a Q&A session.  ACF grantee Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council as well as the EPA helped to fund the production.

Get film dates and locations here.


YWCA Alaska Women of Achievement Awards Nominations Due Oct 8th 

Do you know an outstanding female conservationist?  The YWCA is calling for nominations for their annual Women of Achievement Awards.  Each year they recognize women who are providing leadership and service to our community. Deadline: October 8, 2010.

Visit YWCA online to learn more.

SOUL Training for Trainers – Sept 15 

As part of ACF’s Community Capacity initiative, ACF is sponsoring staff from the Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA) program to experience SOUL’s facilitator training that uses popular education and community organizing techniques.

Since 1996, the School of Unity & Liberation (SOUL) has trained more than 6,000 youth and community organizers, educators, and activists in radical political education and essential organizing skills.  A great resource for organizations that frequently train staff as well as youth and adult volunteer activists in community organizing and civic engagement.

Learn more now.

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