Intensive Management: the War on Wolves and Bears

People often ask why Alaska permits the killing of bears and wolves by state personnel and public hunters. Much of the blame can be put on the Intensive Management law (IM), which reads, “the Alaska Board of Game shall adopt regulations to provide for intensive management programs to restore the abundance or productivity of identified big game populations as necessary …

Endangered Species Act is Endangered

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) has been much in the news lately. A valuable tool to protect threatened and endangered species and their habitat, the ESA protects over 21 species in Alaska alone, from the Aleutian shield fern to the polar bear. The ESA stands as bedrock environmental law for nearly 50 years, and is credited with the rebound of …

Virtual BLM Meeting for Willow EIS April 29

The Willow Master Development Plan is a proposal by ConocoPhillips to build up to five drill sites (with up to 50 wells each!), a processing facility, gravel roads, pipelines, and a mine, all in Alaska’s Western Arctic. Why is this a problem? The proposed project is MASSIVE, and will have enormous impacts on wildlife, waterways, food access, and human health.  …

Park Week Features: Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park.. where mountains, ice and ocean meet. This national park covers over 1,000 square miles of the Kenai Peninsula in south-central Alaska, and contains the Harding Icefield, from which over 40 glaciers flow! The park gets its name from the numerous fjords these glaciers form as they flow from icefield to sea. Though the park is over …

Park Week Features: Katmai National Park

We’re midway through National Park Week, and today we are celebrating Katmai National Park! Located in southern Alaska, this park is famous for the highly volcanic Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes and, of course, it’s sockeye salmon and the brown bears who feed on them.   Katmai is home to the world’s largest protected brown bear population; an estimated 2,200 …

Park Week Features: Denali National Park

Today for National Park Week we are highlighting Denali National Park! Home not only to North America’s tallest mountain, Denali also miles of tundra, boreal forest, glaciers, and yes, a whole lot of wildlife.   While over 39 species of mammals are in the park, the “Big Five” take the spotlight: moose, caribou, dall sheep, grizzly bears, and wolves. Many …

Park Week Features: Gates of the Arctic

Happy National Park Week! To celebrate, AFW will be highlighting an Alaskan national park every day this week, starting with the northernmost national park in the United States.. Gates of the Arctic!   Located entirely above the Arctic Circle, Gates NP is home to six national wild rivers, as well as a large portion of the Brooks Range. The park …

Rewilding Podcast with Kirk Robinson

Check out this amazing Rewilding Podcast episode with Kirk Robinson, the founder and executive director of the Western Wildlife Conservancy.   Kirk talks about resourcism vs. ecosystem resilience, who really pays the most for conservation programs on state lands, and the extreme bias of wildlife boards towards hunting. Check out the podcast episode HERE!