Conservation Groups

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Conservation groups… in brief

National organizations

Center for Biological Diversity
Earthjustice
Sierra Club
The Nature Conservancy
Audubon
Natural Resources Defense Council
Union of Concerned Scientists
National Parks Conservation Association
Polar Bears International
The Trust for Public Land

Big players in Alaska

Alaska Conservation Foundation
Alaska Wilderness League
Trustees for Alaska
Great Land Trust
The Conservation Fund
Trout Unlimited (Alaska Chapter)
National Parks Conservation Association (Alaska Chapter)
Audubon Alaska

Recreation-oriented National organizations (that are not very active in Alaska)

Outdoor Alliance
Winter Wildlands Alliance
Protect Our Winters
American Rivers
American Whitewater
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (National chapter)
Trout Unlimited (National)

Conservation groups… more, and in more detail

National organizations

Center for Biological Diversity
“At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.”

Earthjustice
“Earthjustice has been the legal backbone for thousands of organizations, large and small.”

Sierra Club
“… the Sierra Club is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with more than two million members and supporters.”

The Nature Conservancy
“Conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.”

Audubon
“Audubon’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.”

Natural Resources Defense Council
NRDC works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

Union of Concerned Scientists
Our scientists and engineers develop and implement innovative, practical solutions to some of our planet’s most pressing problems—from combating global warming and developing sustainable ways to feed, power, and transport ourselves, to fighting misinformation, advancing racial equity, and reducing the threat of nuclear war.

National Parks Conservation Association
Since our founding in 1919, the National Parks Conservation Association has been the independent, nonpartisan voice working to strengthen and protect America’s favorite places.

Polar Bears International
Made up of a small group of passionate conservationists, scientists, and volunteers­­, PBI exists to help secure a future for polar bears across the Arctic.

The Trust for Public Land
At the Trust for Public Land, we don’t just save land—we save land for people to enjoy, from neighborhood parks to national parks. Our mission is to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Every park, playground, and public space we create is an open invitation to explore, wonder, discover, and play. We’re proud to say that we’ve been connecting communities to the outdoors—and to each other—since 1972. Today, millions of Americans live within a 10-minute walk of a park or natural area we helped create, and countless more visit every year.

Big players in Alaska

Alaska Conservation Foundation
“Alaska Conservation Foundation is the single largest grant maker to Alaska conservation efforts. ACF serves as funder and supportive resource for a diverse community of nonprofits working to protect and wisely manage Alaska’s natural resources. Over the last 35 years, ACF has awarded more than $49 million in grants to hundreds of Alaskan organizations and individuals.”

Alaska Wilderness League
“Alaska Wilderness League leads the effort to preserve wild lands and waters in Alaska by engaging citizens and decision makers with a courageous, constant, victorious voice for Alaska.”

Trustees for Alaska
Alaska’s Nonprofit Public Interest Environmental Law Firm

The Conservation Fund
We practice conservation to achieve environmental and economic outcomes. Every Fund program places conservation at its center, and our entrepreneurial staff create and implement innovative, practical ways to benefit the natural world and the well-being of Americans from every walk of life.

Great Land Trust
“Great Land Trust is your local land trust—a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters we love.”

Audubon Alaska
Protecting Alaska’s birds and wildlife with science-driven conservation since 1977.

Audubon Alaska works in the Tongass and the Arctic, where their work has helped protect millions of acres of Alaska. As their name implies, they focus on bird conservation statewide. Many of the conservation campaigns and wins in this state depend on Audubon’s scientific analysis and policy advocacy. The Audubon Alaska office raises all of their own funds independently of the National Audubon Society; donations stay local.

Recreation-oriented National organizations (that are not very active in Alaska)

Outdoor Alliance: A one-stop shop for recreation-oriented conservation
“Outdoor Alliance unites the voices of paddlers, mountain bikers, hikers, climbers, and backcountry skiers to conserve America’s public lands and protect the human-powered outdoor experience.”
The Alliance includes:
Winter Wildlands Alliance
American Whitewater
Access Fund
American Canoe Association
International Mountain Bicycling Association
The Mountaineers
The American Alpine Club

Winter Wildlands Alliance
“Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving winter wildlands and a quality human-powered snowsports experience on public lands through education, outreach and advocacy.” In Alaska, WWA is working with Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition on: Chugach Forest Planning and the Wrangell – St. Elias Backcountry and Wilderness Management Plan.

Protect Our Winters
“Protect Our Winters is a passionate crew of diehards, professional athletes and industry brands mobilizing the outdoor sports community to lead the charge towards positive climate action.”

American Rivers
“American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers and conserves clean water for people and nature.”

American Whitewater
“American Whitewater is the primary advocate for the preservation and protection of whitewater resources throughout the United States.”

Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (National chapter)
“Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is the sportsmen’s voice for our wild public lands, waters and wildlife.”

Trout Unlimited (National)
To conserve, protect and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.”

Small/grassroot efforts in Alaska

The Alaska Center
“We engage, empower and elect Alaskans to stand up for our clean air and water, healthy communities, and a strong democracy.”

Alaska Climate Action Network
Current focus: Renewable Energy, Juneau

Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition
“The mission of AQRC is to maintain and restore natural sounds and natural quiet in Alaska through advocacy and education for the benefit of people and wildlife.”

Alaskans First Campaign
“Alaskans First Campaign is dedicated to uniting Alaskans in the fight to protect wild salmon and the natural resources that make life in our state great.”
Current focus: Chuitna Coal Mine

Alaska Marine Conservation Council
Current focus: Fisheries conservation, bycatch, ocean acidification, working waterfronts

Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (Alaska chapter)
“Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is the sportsmen’s voice for our wild public lands, waters and wildlife.”

Brooks Range Council
“The Brooks Range Council is made up of Alaskans who came together to defend from industrialization the lands that define us, that we rely upon, and that we hope to enjoy long into the future.”
Current focus: Road to Ambler

Cook Inletkeeper
“Cook Inletkeeper is a community-based nonprofit organization that combines advocacy, education and science toward its mission to protect Alaska’s Cook Inlet watershed and the life it sustains.”

International Association for Bear Management and Research
The International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA) is a non-profit tax-exempt organization open to professional biologists, wildlife managers and others dedicated to the conservation of all bear species.

Friends of McNeil River
Friends of McNeil River’s primary purpose is the preservation of the sanctuary’s bears and their habitat and to have a voice in its future.

Northern Alaska Environmental Center
“The Northern Alaska Environmental Center promotes conservation of the environment and sustainable resource stewardship in Interior and Arctic Alaska through education and advocacy.”

Salmon Beyond Borders
“Salmon Beyond Borders is a campaign driven by sport and commercial fishermen, community leaders, tourism and recreation business owners and concerned citizens, in collaboration with Tribes and First Nations, united across the Alaska/British Columbia border to defend and sustain our transboundary rivers, jobs and way of life.”

Susitna River Coalition
“The Susitna River Coalition includes a growing community of more than 21,000 individuals, groups, and businesses from around Alaska and the nation who support a free-flowing Susitna River and the healthy communities it sustains.”
Current focus: Susitna River

Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC)
Working to protect the Inside Passage waters and Tongass National Forest wild lands for nearly fifty years.
Current focus: Tongass Forest, Inside Passage

Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition
“The Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition focuses on informed community watershed management and we value the long-term sustainability of Southeast Alaska’s communities and wise management of the region’s watersheds.”

Trout Unlimited (Alaska Chapter)
“To conserve, protect and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.”

Walrus Advocates of Round Island Sanctuary
We are a non-profit organization which is dedicated to protecting and preserving the wildlife, natural and cultural resources of the Walrus Islands Sanctuary in Alaska. We aim to become a voice to raise awareness, educate and also provide assistance to the sanctuary through maintenance, enhancement, and scientific projects as we are able to raise funds.

Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association
Current focus: Policy, Conservation, Restoration, Cultural preservation, Yukon River

9 responses

  1. Thanks for posting another empowering resource. It would be worth adding Alaska Quiet Rights Coalition to your list of grassroots AK organizations: http://www.alaskaquietrights.org/

    November 21, 2016 at 7:41 am

    • Done. Thanks Will.

      November 21, 2016 at 8:46 am

  2. Eric peterson

    How do I get the sweet stickers?

    Eric Peterson

    November 21, 2016 at 11:53 am

  3. Max Neale

    Great to see this! Suggestion: I feel TU AK belongs in the big players category. They’re a huge behind-the-scenes leader with Pebble, Susitna dam, transboundary mining, and Tongass logging, and they do a great job at letting others–the better messengers–do the public facing things. I never realized this until I did an internship with them last year. The Nature Conservancy and Audubon also have good size (for AK) staff and do meaningful science support (research, analytics, maps, etc.).

    November 21, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    • Thanks Max, an insider’s perspective is a big help. I’ll add NC and A too.

      November 21, 2016 at 10:47 pm

  4. Hey, thanks for this list. National Resource Defense Council should be on your national list! NRDC does incredible advocacy work all over the world and especially the hard work in courts, litigating offenders on behalf of animals, communities, and biospheres. I’ve been a member for decades, in part because of how effective they are at changing and redirecting environmental policy, which will be increasingly important in light of the shit-show upcoming. Their website: https://www.nrdc.org/

    December 17, 2016 at 9:07 am

    • Thank you! NRDC was a major oversight! I added Union of Concerned Scientists too.

      December 19, 2016 at 10:09 am

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