By Arlo Nasruk Davis

This week, Trustees for Alaska will deliver oral arguments in court on a lawsuit demonstrating the Bureau of Land Management’s failure to adequately assess impacts to wildlife, recreation, or subsistence use on the lands included in the 2017 lease sale in the Western Arctic. Since the sales occurred last year, the administration’s disregard for thorough public process has become clearer every day.

The current management plan for the Western Arctic, the Integrated Activity Plan (IAP), was the result of extensive public input from communities in region, and put areas of particular importance to wildlife and people…


by Julianne Lutz Warren

Photo by Ken Madsen

There were these looming animals coming downhill toward me. They had four long legs. I thought at first they were moose, but they weren’t. They were dark-eyed with wide noses and something like colorful ribbons hanging from pairs of fingering antlers. The streamers tangled around the animals’ heads and firm bodies. Somehow I felt these beings must be caribou, though surely they were strange ones.

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You know that uncanny feeling when something in your day life jolts a still-sleeping dream vividly awake? That’s what happened about an hour into the meeting hosted by the…


Allakaket Tribal Council

photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

On behalf of tribal members / local residents, the Allakaket Village Council is opposed to the Road to Ambler. Our main concerns are the drastic impacts the road would have to the local environment — the air, the water, and the land. The local people are directly interconnected with and rely on the land and wildlife, which provides our food supply and the future of our subsistence and survival practices. The road to Ambler would pollute water ways, increase pollution emitted into the air, and damage the lands’ geographical structure, harming wildlife habitats.

Aside from threats of…


by Nick Newberry

Like a small crack in a windshield, a road to the Ambler Mining District could send consequences throughout the vast tracts of intact wildland this proposed 211-mile industrial intrusion would traverse. For a glimpse at the potential ramifications on wildlife, we need look no further than birds. Long recognized as indicators of ecosystem health, birds serve as a window through which we can see many hidden consequences of a road to Ambler.

Many existing roads were built with little regard for their impact on flora and fauna, as road construction predates modern science and the contemporary conservation…


by Jim Dau

Image credit: Pixabay

Given the State of Alaska’s budget crisis, Juneau politicians are currently considering the Ambler Access Project (AAP) as one way to increase state revenues. It would establish a road extending west from the Dalton Highway to the Ambler Mining District. The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA), which administers the proposed AAP, states, “The Ambler Access project could provide surface access to the Ambler Mining District, home to several known large prospects…and enable further exploration and development of the area’s resources, providing for economic development” (www.ambleraccess.org).

The state — despite budget shortfalls that threaten even basic…

Northern Alaska Environmental Center

Environmental conservation nonprofit based in Fairbanks, Alaska

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