Trump hates the National Environmental Policy Act

[This piece originally appeared in The Hill. Cover photo: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (Peter Mather/www.PeterMather.com)] As Alaskans, we care about our environment, because we know the lands and waters provide us with places to harvest food, to fish, or simply camp and recreate.

An adventure dream achieved during a global crisis

We left Anchorage on March 14 chasing a dream of many years: setting out on skis from McCarthy, Alaska, to traverse hundreds of miles of wilderness in the Wrangell Mountains. We’d spent months preparing for the trip and years building the skills we needed to complete it successfully. When we left, coronavirus had not yet […]

Western Arctic land use plan sacrifices wildlife protections

[This piece originally appeared in the Anchorage Daily News. Cover photo: Caribou calves in the Utukok River Uplands, National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. (Patrick Endres)] By Pat Pourchot The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently released its final land-use plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the 23-million-acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska in Alaska’s Western […]

Summer Solstice in the Arctic Refuge

By Randy May As we stood on the gravel landing strip in Arctic Village, Alaska, my two new friends and I watched as the tiny tundra plane descended from the Brooks Range, executed a steep hairpin turn, and landed using only the first 100 yards of the strip.