What Happens When States Manage Wolf Populations?

Trump has long pushed to remove Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections from grey wolves. If removed, management of wolves is passed on to the state, as has already happened in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. What happens when states, who historically have had strong opposition to wolves due to ranching concerns, are left to manage the populations? When ESA protections were …

Lake Clark National Park Threatened by Mining

Another mining interest threatens industrialization of wild Alaska and its splendid wildlife miracle. The Canadian mining corporation Constantine Metal Resources has begun drilling in a private inholding in Lake Clark National Park. The inholding, known as the Johnson Tract, is owned by the Cook Inlet Region Inc. (CIRI), a regional native corporation. CIRI acquired the land, which is just south …

We’re Suing the Trump Administration

We’re suing the Trump administration! Alaskans for Wildlife is a co-litigant on a lawsuit filed by Trustees for Alaska on behalf of twelve additional clients. We’re suing the Interior Department and National Park Service for illegally adopting a rule that would open up national preserves in Alaska to inhumane hunting practices. Such practices include killing brown bears over bait (donuts …

Gwich’in Steering Committee Sues Trump over ANWR

On August 24th, the Gwich’in Steering Committee and allied groups sued Trump’s Secretary of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management over a leasing program that will sell sacred and public lands to oil companies. The Trump administration’s decision to sell off the entire coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, known as the Sacred Place Where Life …

Drilling in ANWR from an Economic Standpoint

Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has huge human rights and climate ramifications, but as the Trump administration has made clear that those matter little in the face of the Almighty Dolla’, let’s also look at the problem from an economic standpoint. So, how much oil is in the Refuge? We don’t know. The findings from the one exploratory …

Temporary Reprieve for Alexander Archipelago Wolves

Earlier this year we posted about the tragic wolf hunting season on Prince of Wales Island, where 97% of the known population, based on the last estimate, were killed. This unprecedented killing occurred because the harvest limit was lifted for the 2019-2020 season by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG), despite the apparent success of previous, lower wolf-trapping …

Trump Sued over Ambler Road Approval

Trustees for Alaska and several other organization are suing the Trump administration over their illegal approval of the Ambler Road. The lawsuit charges agencies with violating ANILCA, NEPA, the Clean Water Act, and other laws. Alaskans for Wildlife is a co-litigant on the lawsuit. Check out the full document here.

Trump Approves ANWR Drilling

Today, the Trump administration finalized it’s plan to open up part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development. This move overturns nearly five decades of effort to protect ANWR from drilling, with environmental groups fighting to block drilling since the Reagan administration.  The Interior Department has completed the required reviews, and has said it will began …