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What We Value

Read about the wildlife, habitats, waters, wilderness and cultures we preserve through our work.


The Northern Alaska Environmental Center values wildlife for many reasons; animals are indicators of healthy & vibrant ecosystems; they can provide food, clothing, and shelter; and wildlife offer ways to link to traditional ways of life. Birds, Bears, Caribou, Seals, Walrus and Whales are some of the species we work to protect.

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Habitats are vital to every living being on Earth. By protecting terrestrial and aquatic habitats, we sustain life on the planet. The Northern Alaska Environmental Center works to protect Interior and Arctic ecosystems so that a high quality of life can be sustained for all species.

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Clean water exists in the world today because we choose to work for its preservation.

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Wilderness enriches the lives of Alaskans and millions of Americans and provides cultural, spiritual, symbolic, wildlife, ecological, scenic, and recreational values. Visionary Alaskans were influential in the passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act which established the National Wilderness Preservation System. The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980 designated millions of acres of wilderness as a protective layer in national parks, refuges, and national forests while also recognizing the realities of Alaskan life.

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Indigenous people have lived in northern Alaska since time immemorial and their rich culture tied to the land continues today. In Fairbanks, the Tanana Koyukon people lived in the area they called potato hill, where the University of Fairbanks now sits. The Gwich'in people in northeast Alaska and northwest Canada have been tied to the caribou for over 20,000 years. Point Hope, an Inupiaq village in northwest Alaska is the longest continuously occupied community in the United States.

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