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 …

Ambler Road Approved

The Trump administration has approved a 211-mile road through a remote stretch of northwestern Alaska. The road is meant to aid in the development of the Ambler mining district, which will mostly be developed by a Canadian company. The road will not be open to the public. The road crosses through several environmentally critical areas, and is considered highly controversial. …

Recommended Reading

F. Stuart Chapman III F. Stuart Chapin III, known to his friends as “Terry,” is an Alaskan ecologist whose research has addressed the effects of changes in climate and wildfire on Alaskan ecology and rural communities. He explores ways that communities and agencies can increase sustainability of ecosystems and human communities over the long term despite rapid climatic and social changes. In this way, society can proactively shape changes toward a …

Save Bristol Bay: the FEIS is Here

The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay has been released. The FEIS shows that more than 191 miles of streams and 4,614 acres of wetlands would be impacted if phase one of the proposed Pebble mine advances. 185 miles and 3,841 acres would be permanently impacted. All in all, the FEIS shows significant destruction …

Carl Safina’s Latest: Becoming Wild

“New York Times bestselling author Carl Safina brings readers close to three non-human cultures—what they do, why they do it, and how life is for them. Becoming Wild offers a glimpse into cultures among non-human animals through looks at the lives of individuals in different present-day animal societies. By showing how others teach and learn, Safina offers a fresh understanding of what …

BC Study Finds No Evidence to Support Predator Control

A new study released in British Columbia has found no evidence that the government-sponsored killing of wolves there has had any effect on the population of endangered caribou. The new research directly questions an earlier study that was used to justify the BC government’s wolf killing program. The implications of this new study are profound. Shortly after the earlier study …