2015 Conservation Achievement Awards Luncheon 

Thurs. September 24, 2015 | 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. | Bridge Seafood |  Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska Conservation Foundation Board of Trustees, Awards Committee & Staff invite you to join us in celebration of the 2015 Conservation Achievement Award recipients at a luncheon in their honor.  

Since 1985, ACF has honored talented, passionate individuals for their exceptional contributions to Alaska conservation. Click here for more information about this year’s award recipients.

To purchase your ticket(s), please click here.

Questions? Please contact Lucas Veldhuis at (907) 276-1917 or

Thank You to the Sponsors of our 35th Anniversary Celebration 

ACF would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who joined us at our 35th Anniversary Celebration on June 3rd at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Past and present Trustees, supporters, grantees and partners, Conservation Achievement Award recipients, current and former Conservation Interns, former staff and community leaders — you are all an important part of ACF’s history.

We’d like to convey an extra special thanks to our generous sponsors that helped make this celebration possible:

Denali Sponsors






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2015 Conservation Achievement Awards Announced 

Alaska Conservation Foundation is thrilled to announce the 2015 Conservation Achievement Award recipients! More details about this year’s honorees and the Awards luncheon will be announced very soon. In the meantime, please save the afternoon of September 24th!

Lifetime Achievement

Helen Nienhueser

Celia Hunter Award for Outstanding Volunteer Contributions

Becky Long

Olaus Murie Award for Outstanding Professional Contributions

Marilyn Heiman

Denny Wilcher Award for Young Environmental Activists

Griffin Plush

Daniel Housberg Wilderness Image Award for Excellence in Still Photography, Film, or Video

Florian Schulz

Jerry S. Dixon Award for Excellence in Environmental Education

Laurel Devaney

Caleb Pungowiyi Award for Outstanding Achievements by an Alaska Native Organization or Individual 

United Tribes of Bristol Bay



ACF announces Michael Barber as new Executive Director 

Michael Barber

Michael Barber

Alaska Conservation Foundation is pleased to announce that Michael Barber has been selected as the organization’s new Executive Director, effective August 10, 2015. Barber will replace Ann Rothe who announced her planned retirement earlier this year.

According to Board of Trustees’ Chair Jim DeWitt, “the Board of Trustees is delighted that Michael Barber has accepted the Board’s offer. Michael is an Alaskan, and is thoroughly familiar with Alaska and the conservation challenges facing the state. He will bring high energy, detailed knowledge and considerable experience to the job as ACF’s Executive Director.”

Barber has been a Program Officer at ACF since 2013. His professional career in conservation began at the Municipality of Anchorage as the LED Lighting Project manager, a project that saved the city millions of dollars and reduced energy consumption by 60%. Before joining ACF, Barber managed the complex merger of Alaska Center for the Environment, Alaska Conservation Alliance and Voters and Alaska Youth for Environmental Action, a project facilitated by ACF. Prior to that, he served as Board Treasurer for Alaska Conservation Alliance.

Born in Anchorage, Barber is a fourth generation Alaskan. He received his undergraduate degree from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, and his MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio School of Management in San Francisco.


Please join us for our 35th Anniversary Celebration ~ June 3, 2015 


Wednesday, June 3, 2015
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage

Please join Alaska Conservation Foundation and our Trustees—past and present—for a celebration to honor our friends and colleagues who helped shape ACF and all who share our commitment to protecting Alaska’s natural environment and the ways of life it sustains.

To RSVP or make a donation in honor of ACF’s 35th Year, please click here.


Executive Director Job Announcement 

Alaska Conservation Foundation, headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, seeks a visionary and creative Executive Director with a passion for its mission of protecting Alaska’s natural environment and the diverse cultures and ways of life it sustains. ACF’s Executive Director fills one of the top environmental leadership roles in Alaska. The position provides an outstanding opportunity to effect substantial change and achieve long-term conservation results in Alaska. The successful candidate will guide our organization and play a key role in developing a more influential conservation movement in the state.

This leadership role requires an individual who is an effective manager, is knowledgeable about the key conservation issues in Alaska, is a very effective communicator, is experienced with fundraising and grantmaking and has the ability to travel throughout Alaska and other key locations in the U.S.

Click here to read the complete announcement and job description.

Ann Rothe Retirement Announcement 

Ann Rothe, Executive Director of Alaska Conservation Foundation, has announced her planned retirement. In response to Rothe’s announcement, ACF’s board of trustees’ chair Jim DeWitt said that Rothe fully embraced ACF’s role in the Alaska conservation movement and has been an excellent ambassador for Alaska to ACF’s donors and supporters. “Ann has led ACF through a series of challenges. Under her tenure as Executive Director, ACF has continued to increase its capacity to address the environmental challenges facing Alaska,” DeWitt said. Rothe will remain in her position until a new Executive Director is hired, and she will support ACF through the transition to new leadership.

Rothe has been a part of the Alaska conservation community for 32 years. She began her career with the National Audubon Society. She established the Alaska office of the National Wildlife Federation and served as NWF’s Regional Representative for Alaska and Hawaii. In the wake of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, she helped create the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council, a citizens’ group that monitors operations of the Trans Alaska Pipeline oil terminal at Valdez and oil tankers that pass though Prince William Sound. For ten years, Rothe was Executive Director of Trustees for Alaska, a nonprofit environmental law firm. During her tenure at Trustees, she helped establish the Cook Inlet Keeper and served on its founding board of directors. “I’ve had a very rewarding career”, Rothe said. “I’ve been privileged to work with truly devoted and inspiring individuals.”

Rothe has been with the Alaska Conservation Foundation for eight years, the last four as its Executive Director. “It’s been a really fulfilling experience working with a dedicated board of trustees and an exceptionally talented staff”, she said. As ACF prepares for its 35th anniversary, Rothe said it’s been a distinct privilege to work for an organization that has played such an essential role in protecting Alaska’s natural environments for so many years. ACF’s board of trustees has appointed a search committee that will conduct a national search for a new Executive Director. DeWitt noted that ACF is planning its leadership transition at a time when the foundation is in a good position to grow into the future.

Rothe said she and her husband, Tom will remain in Alaska, and she will continue to be engaged in Alaska’s conservation movement.

Announcing ACF’s FY2014 Annual Report 

AR Cover PhotoACF is pleased to announce the release of our FY2014 Annual Report. Together with our partners and supporters, we realized some remarkable gains for Alaska conservation over the past year. We’re proud to present this report highlighting some of these achievements.

Thank you to the amazing people who make our work possible, from our grantees and allied
organizations to our generous supporters and foundation partners. Your support and dedication to our mission is at the heart of our efforts to protect Alaska’s unparalleled wild lands, clean waters, wildlife and the ways of life they sustain.

Read the FY2014 Annual Report here!


The 2015 Conservation Achievement Awards call for nominations is now open! 

Do you know an individual or organization making a significant difference in their efforts to preserve and protect Alaska? ACF wants to know! Do your part to recognize their amazing contributions by nominating them for a Conservation Achievement Award – today!

Find all the details, including the nomination packet, here. Nominations are due to ACF by Monday, April 30th.


Please read through the entire packet. If you still have questions, contact ACF at 907-276-1917 or via email at

Special Event: Northern Limits – Seattle, WA 

Thurs. February 19, 2015 | 6:30 to 9:00 PM | Seattle, WA

On March 17, 2012, Pat Farrell and Caroline Van Hemert embarked on a six-month backcountry adventure; traveling 4,000 miles by rowboat, ski, packraft, foot and canoe from Bellingham, Washington to Kotzebue, Alaska. Please join us at Cedarbrook Lodge for a special multimedia presentation of their journey.

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