Archive for the 'Alaska Region' Category

Mar 06, 2013

“Road to Nowhere” Not Dead Yet

As this blog reported on February 5, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that they oppose a land transfer that would have allowed for the construction of a gravel “Road to Nowhere” through federally designated wilderness in one of the most pristine refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System — Izembek NWR in […]

Feb 05, 2013

USFWS Kills Proposed “Road to Nowhere” at Izembek NWR

As this blog had reported in the past, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was considering a controversial land swap at Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, which would have lead to the construction of a gravel “Road to Nowhere” through federally designated wilderness in one of the most pristine refuges in the National Wildlife […]

Nov 25, 2012

USFWS Alaska Bracing for Large Amount of Retirements

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Alaska office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is preparing for the retirement of 40 to 50 senior Alaska employees at the end of the year, just less than 10 percent of its workforce. That’s the number of workers who can take advantage of a one-time window […]

Nov 07, 2011

Take Action by Nov. 15 to Protect Arctic NWR

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released the draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, and it includes action alternatives that support recommending Wilderness areas for Congressional consideration. If the USFWS receives a strong enough response, this could be the first time that the Service could recommend Wilderness protection […]

Mar 08, 2011

USFWS Decides Against Unimak Island Wolf Kill

As this blog reported on January 17, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had recently performed an environmental assessment that proposed the aerial killing of wolves on Unimak Island in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge as a way to help the local caribou herd. Ninety-eight percent of Unimak Island is congressionally designated wilderness, and […]

Mar 01, 2011

Remembering Olaus Murie

March 1 marks the birthday of Olaus Murie (b. March 1, 1889), one of America’s most respected conservationists. Born in Minnesota to Norwegian immigrants, Olaus became a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Bureau of Biological Survey, now the Fish and Wildlife Service. His job took him to Alaska to study caribou, and there he met […]

Jan 31, 2011

Video Monday: Jimmy Carter Talks About His Visit to the Arctic NWR

On January 18, 2011, the National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia hosted a symposium on the 50th anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. During the first day of the symposium, former President Jimmy Carter — who signed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act in 1980 — talked about the large […]

Jan 19, 2011

Birds Die During Rat Eradication at Alaska Maritime NWR

Nature.com highlights a report put out by the Ornithological Council — an association of ornithology organizations in the Americas — regarding mistakes made in the rat-eradication effort on a remote Aleutian island in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. The eradication effort on Rat Island was conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the […]

Jan 19, 2011

Former President Carter at Arctic Refuge Symposium

Former President Jimmy Carter attended the first day of the Arctic Refuge 50th Anniversary Symposium at the National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia. From the NCTC: A wintery blanket of snow cover greeted former President Jimmy Carter and conference attendees as the National Conservation Training Center celebrated the 50th anniversary of Arctic National Wildlife […]

Jan 19, 2011

Book Alert: “The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom (1879–1960)”

Just released is a new book from Douglas Brinkley — author of “The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America” — and the new book is titled “The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom (1879–1960).” According to the New York Journal of Books review: In sum, the book covers the beginning of the […]

Jan 17, 2011

USFWS Proposes Wolf Killing at Alaska Maritime NWR

Back in May 2010, this blog reported on the confrontation between the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over proposed aerial killing of wolves on Unimak Island, which is part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and National Wilderness Preservation System. At the time, the state claimed […]

Dec 26, 2010

Species Close-Up: Steller’s Eider

Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and one of the challenging activities taking place at this beautiful and important refuge is the protection and recovery of the endangered Steller’s eider. Steller’s eiders are the smallest eiders in size and are restricted to northern latitudes where they breed in freshwater […]