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Defend the Refuge TODAY

Caribou ©Wayde Carroll/www.waydecarroll.com

Congress is moving with breakneck speed to industrialize the Arctic Refuge. On November 2nd, the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee took testimony, mostly from drilling advocates. And by November 8th, committee chair Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduced a bill that will authorize oil drilling on the Coastal Plain. Click here now to send a message urging your members of Congress to oppose any bill or budget item that includes drilling in the Arctic Refuge.

Attacks on the Tongass

There is an effort underway right now by Alaska’s congressional delegation to dismantle the current Tongass Land Management Plan, which a diverse group of local Southeast Alaskans worked on and supported. Overturning this plan will endanger the Tongass National Forest and the region’s wild salmon and the ways of life they sustain. Click here to speak up for the Tongass!

Announcing 2017 Conservation Achievement Awards

Yellow Pond Lilies in Lake Clark National Park & Preserve ©2017 Housberg Award recipient, Carl Johnson/www.arcticlight-ak.com

Lake Clark National Park & Preserve ©Carl Johnson/www.arcticlight-ak.com

ACF is honored to announce this year’s Conservation Achievement Award recipients—including Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Rick Sinnott. Click here for the complete list of honorees.

EPA Moves to Reverse Bristol Bay Protections

Bristol Bay fishermen ©Michael Melford/     www.michaelmelford.com

Bristol Bay fishermen ©Michael Melford/www.michaelmelford.com

The Pebble Mine is back—and in the middle of what’s on track to be a record-breaking salmon season in Bristol Bay no less. Starting on July 11, 2017—and for the next 90 days—the EPA wants to know what you think about their plan to cancel the protections they proposed back in 2014 for the watershed. We hope you’ll take a moment to voice your concerns here. And check out the Alaska Dispatch article here.

Mining Giant Walks Away from Chuitna Coal Mine 

Chuitna River ©Damion Brook Kintz

Chuitna River ©Damion Brook Kintz

ACF is elated to share that on March 31, 2017, PacRim Coal, the company that planned to develop the Chuitna Mine across the Cook Inlet from Anchorage, has suspended seeking permits. Read more here. If developed, this would have been one of the largest strip mines in the country, the first to mine coal through an Alaska salmon stream and it would have threatened the ways of life of the residents of Tyonek and Beluga. Congratulations to our long-time grantees and partners Chuitna Citizens Coalition, Native Village of Tyonek, Cook Inletkeeper, Native American Rights Fund, The Alaska Center, Trustees for Alaska and many others who for close to a decade worked to raise awareness about and advocate against this destructive project. While efforts to stop PacRim in the near term were successful, work to protect the Chuitna watershed from future coal development will continue.

 

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