Defenders in Alaska

Our Top Priorities

Alaska remains one of the last pristine wilderness areas in the country. Defenders of Wildlife is committed to ensuring that Alaska's wildlife and their habitat remain healthy and viable.

Related Species

Polar bears, Cook Inlet beluga whales, Pacific walruses, brown bears, wolveswolverines

What Defenders Is Doing to Help Wildlife in Alaska

  • Working to protect the Artctic National Wildlife Refuge and other key arctic ecosystems from the threats posed by climate change, unsustainable development and unsound policies and management practices.
  • Addressing the population decline of the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale. 
  • Working with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and other partners to ensure well-developed climate and habitat assessments contribute to the revision to the Chugach National Forest management plan.
  • Working with the Alaska Nanuuq Commission, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and local communities to increase the use of nonlethal coexistence methods to keep people and polar bears safe. 
  • Working with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to ensure priority wildlife and their habitats will survive the impacts of climate change on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Sponsoring remote cameras at key haulout Pacific walrus locations to help scientists learn more about these elusive marine mammals and the impacts they are facing from climate change. 

Contact the Alaska Office

441 West 5th Avenue
Suite 302
Anchorage, AK 99501

907- 276-9453

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