DNP Wolf Viewing Success Plummets

As many feared earlier this summer, the success of wolf viewing for the hundreds of thousands of visitors to Denali National Park & Preserve has plummeted, possibly to historic lows, due in part to previous hunting/trapping kills of significant breeding individuals on state lands along the Park boundary. A just-completed (July 18, 2019) survey of 43 Park bus drivers/employees (organized …

What Do Alaskans Think About Alaskan Policies for Alaska’s Wildlife?: A Poll Revisited

  A majority of Alaskans place high value on opportunities to experience living watchable wildlife; they implicitly suggest so by results of a statewide telephone poll calling landline and cell phone users. The poll, sponsored by the Humane Society US, was conducted mid 2018 by the Remington Research Group, a leading national Republican polling enterprise. Results are ignored in state …

What is ANILCA Anyway? Not a Walk in the Park…

We hear and see “ANILCA” used often in news stories about Alaska’s public lands that are in federal ownership and management, but many people do not know what ANILCA is. The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act – “ANILCA” of 1980  is in short the single Congressional act that set aside for perpetual national public ownership 104 millions acres, a …

The Clock is Ticking on Wildlife and Wild Places

** as seen in the Sierra Borealis: Alaska Report, Sierra Club Alaska Chapter, June 2019 by Susan Hansen** Without immediate action, more than a million species could face extinction within a few decades, according to a new report by the United Nations.(see endnote). Keystone species like wolves, grizzly bears and polar bears are on the front lines of this crisis. …