AFW Comments on Plan for DNP Lakes

 October 22, 2019 We wish to offer our observations on the NPS/DNP proposal for Kantishna and Wonder Lakes in Denali National Park. This proposal includes creating increased recreation opportunities, such as: a network of trails (up to 80 miles), additional lodging and camping options such as roadside camp grounds, backcountry campsites, and rustic lodging.   Overall, Alaskans For Wildlife (AFW) does …

ANWR Development Could Cause Bird Extinctions

In early September, the US Department of the Interior announced its plan to develop the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one of the world’s last great wild spaces. Of the multiple plans for development the administration had to choose from, the Bureau of Land Management announced that it had chosen the most invasive, making the entire coastal …

France Approves Bird Trapping

The French government has just approved the legal trapping and hunting of more than 150,000 wild birds in France this season. These birds will be able to be hunted in a variety of methods, many of which are widely considered cruel and inhumane. These methods include gluesticks (or limesticks), pantes (large horizontal nets) and matoles (small hanging cages). This year’s …

Endangered Species Act Rollbacks

The Endangered Species Act is one of the most effective environmental laws ever enacted. 99% of species protected under the Endangered Species Act have not gone extinct in the forty years that the Act has been Law, including gray wolves, bald eagles, grizzly bears, Florida manatees, whooping cranes, and killer whales. However, on August 12 2019, the Trump administration finalized …

The Reality of Wolf Closures in Alaska

An often heard complaint against closures to the killing of wolves by those who dislike the idea of national park lands in Alaska goes something like this: “Isn’t 6 million acres enough?”   This comment refers erroneously to Denali National Park and Preseve as closed to wolf hunting, though 4 million acres of new park and preserve are not actually …

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. …