Voices for Wildlife

Press Release: Alaskans Continue to Defend Coastal Plain as BLM Releases Final Leasing EIS

Press Release: Alaskans Continue to Defend Coastal Plain as BLM Releases Final Leasing EIS

Today, the Bureau of Land Management’s release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement aimed at selling off the sacred coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas exploitation marks the latest move in the administration’s rushed disregard for Indigenous rights, science, and public process.

AWA in the News! KTVA: Vetoes could impact Alaska's wildlife programs

AWA in the News! KTVA: Vetoes could impact Alaska's wildlife programs

Gov. Mike Dunleavy will soon announce whether he will accept the Legislature's $1,600 Permanent Fund dividend or veto it. The PFD is part of a larger budget bill aimed at restoring some of his $400 million-plus vetoes. Some of those cuts have wildlife advocates (AWA) worried about the possible impact to Alaska's wildlife programs.

AWA in the News: KTVA Changes to Endangered Species Act could impact Alaska wildlife

AWA in the News: KTVA Changes to Endangered Species Act could impact Alaska wildlife

Nicole Schmitt, Director of Programs and Development at the Alaska Wildlife Alliance, says the organization feels this is extremely short-sighted and doesn't take into consideration the long-term economic and intrinsic value of endangered wildlife in Alaska.

AWA submits request for an extension on the public comment period regarding the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program

AWA submits request for an extension on the public comment period regarding the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program

On January 14, 2019, we joined several other conservation groups by signing a letter to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) requesting that the public comment period deadline for the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) pertaining to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program be extended beyond the 45 days originally advertised (currently due by February 11, 2019), and that additional public hearings be held across the nation so that members of the public outside of Alaska who value this national treasure are also given an opportunity to have their voice heard. 

Breaking News: Alaska Demands that Feds Cede all Wildlife Management

Breaking News: Alaska Demands that Feds Cede all Wildlife Management

The request includes statutory amendments and suspension of regulations and policies governing national park lands, wildlife refuges, as well as habitat protections for federally listed threatened and endangered species. 

Fact Sheet: Protect Alaska’s Wildlife in National Preserves

Fact Sheet: Protect Alaska’s Wildlife in National Preserves

“The Trump administration’s decision to roll back these sensible animal protections is outrageous. Without this ban, the hunting of bear cubs and wolf pups in their dens and the shooting of bears from airplanes will return. Without wildlife, our national preserves are just scenery. These practices have no place on our public lands and in our society.”