A huge congratulations to AFW’s founder Jim Kowalsky, who was awarded the Alaska Conservation Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award last night! Jim’s passion and dedication has long been a bulwark in Alaska conservation.
Prior to founding AFW, Jim served as the first executive director of the Fairbanks Environmental Center (now the Northern Alaska Environmental Center) and as a Friends of the Earth representative. He worked for the late David R. Brower to help push the Alaska National Interest Conservation Act (ANILCA) into law. He also served as director of a subsistence advocacy program for the Tanana Chiefs Conference, and as program director for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Rural Alaska Honors Institute, a summer residency, college-prep program for rural Alaska Native high school honors students.