Alaska is warming at more than twice the rate of the rest of the United States, and projections indicate Alaska will experience the greatest temperature increases in all of the Arctic.
Rising temperatures threaten permafrost and the stability of Alaska’s infrastructure and habitat. Melting land and sea ice has already caused sea levels to rise four to eight inches in some regions. Communities are already threatened by rising water and the erosion of coastlines.
Coping with Arctic climate change
Scientists at The Wilderness Society are studying how climate change will affect wildlife and habitat in Alaska and the Arctic. We are working with land-management agencies to help them adapt to change and invest in the protection of natural resources.
This will allow scientists, engineers and others to:
- Repair damaged watersheds to ensure clean water for communities and fish
- Manage migration corridors for caribou and other species to ensure their survival
- Monitor wildlife, habitat and climate
- Develop the best responses to climate change
This work will create new jobs and provide new skills and income to Alaskans and their families, helping revitalize economies.
Wilderness is a precious resource with many human, natural and economic benefits that we need to protect.
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Hear artists, activists and adventurers share what the ownership and legacy of these American wildlands means to them.
- Friday, June 15, 2018
WHAT: Press conference. Explorers Dave and Amy Freeman arrive in D.C. after covering 2,000 miles and crossing nine states, from Ely, Minnesota to Washington D.C. to join efforts with 17-year old Joseph Goldstein as he announces his new kid-focused group to help save the Boundary Waters.
- Friday, June 15, 2018
This evening, Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society will testify at a public hearing called by the Interior Department in Washington as the Trump Administration prepares to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. TWS strongly opposes drilling in the refuge. Below is Williams' prepared testimony.
- Friday, June 8, 2018
Today, the Senate Agriculture Committee released their version of the ‘farm bill’. The House version of the bill was overloaded with anti-environmental provisions and failed to pass the House floor in May.
The Wilderness Society released the following statement from National Forest Defense Campaign Manager Megan Birzell: