Demand for Alaska Coal Heating Up 

One of Alaska’s major exports — coal — has been racking up record shipments over the past couple of years. Read more on this growing threat at the Anchorage Daily News online.

This isn’t Sarah Palin’s Alaska – Climate change is hitting Alaska hard 

Nancy Lord reflects on a holiday spent in the Arctic where the effects of climate change are starkly obvious, and the meaning of “home” is endangered.  Nancy Lord is a former Alaska Writer Laureate and the Chair of ACF’s Board of Trustees. Read her op-ed now.

Enjoy the Beauty of the Arctic Refuge All Year Long 

Journey into the Arctic wilderness each month with the 2011 Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Celebrating 50 Years! calendar. Produced by the Northern Alaska Environmental Center and Arctic Audubon Society this is a limited edition calendar celebrating the Refuge’s 50th anniversary. Quotes, facts and stunning photography capture the Arctic’s timelessness and sense of wonder.  Calendars cost $15 with proceeds going to the NAEC Arctic Program. Order your calendar by email or visit NAEC online.

AMCC’s Wild & Scenic Film Fest – Dec 3 

 Join AMCC and AYEA on Friday, December 3rd for a showing of several beautiful and inspirational films portraying the ways in which we love, effect, and play in the natural world. AMCC‘s one-night event is part of a national tour brining the year’s best environmental films to communities all around the country.

Learn more about the event and buy tickets online.

Journey on the Wild Coast Premieres at AIFF – Dec 6 

Set fire to your frozen shoes.  Cut your own hair with a pocket knife.  Chop raw garlic with your teeth.  And join Hig and Erin for the movie premier of their year-long journey along the North Pacific Coast. 

In June 2007, Hig and Erin left their former apartment in Seattle and walked north, 4000 miles to the Aleutian Islands.  With only one rule: “no motorized transport”, they made their way on foot, in packrafts, and on skis, through some of the most amazing and remote terrain in the world.  Not just in summer, but through an entire Alaskan winter.  

Experience this modern adventure through their eyes as they encounter breathtaking scenery, harsh weather, amazing wildlife, starvation, and danger. “Journey on the Wild Coast” premieres at the Anchorage International Film Festival on December 6th at 7:00 pm at the Out North Theatre.

Alaska Conservation Alliance Annual Meeting – Nov 11-12 

Alaska Conservation Alliance will be holding it’s annual meeting on November 11-12, 2010. The outcomes of this meeting will be common priorities to help build Alaska’s conservation movement. 

  • When: Thurs, November 11-Fri, November 12, 2010 from 9 am-5 pm
  • Where: Commons Room 107, University of Alaska, Anchorage

To register go to ACA online.

REAP Forum: Winterize Your Home Efficiently – Nov 10 

Get  your home ready for winter!  Join Michelle Wilber, REAP’s Energy Efficiency Coordinator, for REAP’s Forum “Winterizing Your Home: Energy Efficiency Tips for Cutting Energy Bills” on November 10, 2010 at the Anchorage Museum, 6 pm.  Attendance is free.

Michelle will share tips on home energy efficiency and tales from her two-year experience transforming her 1960 Anchorage fourplex from a 3-star energy hog to a 5-star energy miser.  Get the basics of winterizing your home, including when and how to add insulation, replacing energy inefficient lighting & appliances, installing low-flow device on faucets, and ways to finance these upgrades. 

For more information visit REAP online at, or call 929.7770.  A live podcast will also be available. Register to listen in live at:

A Veteran’s Perspective on the Arctic Refuge – Nov 10 

A VETERAN’S PERSPECTIVE ON THE ARCTIC REFUGE is the topic for the Northern Voices Lecture from 7 to 8:30pm at the Noel Wien Public Library (1215 Cowles St.) in Fairbanks on November 10th. In honor of National Veteran’s week, Veterans including Alaska Native PETE PETER will discuss the connection between preserved public lands and National Security. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge there will be chocolate cake and ice cream!

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: