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Regional Office

Alaska Office

The Arctic's Beaufort Sea. (Florian Schulz / visionsofthewild.com)
The Alaska office works to safeguard public lands and wildlife from destructive oil and gas drilling, mining and logging, and to protect the region's marine and coastal ecosystems.

Signature Work

Famed for its immense wilderness and abundant wildlife, Alaska is often described as "America's Last Frontier." It is home to the United States' only Arctic region, the largest national forest in the nation—the Tongass—and a rich native culture that dates back millennia.

Opened in 1978, our Alaska regional office works to safeguard public lands, waters and wildlife from destructive oil and gas drilling, mining and logging and to protect the region's marine and coastal ecosystems.

Working Green: Alaska

The construction and day-to-day operation of buildings have a powerful impact on our planet. Earthjustice is actively promoting a green, environmentally-conscious future outside of the courtroom. Learn about the green features of the Juneau location of the Alaska regional office.

Highlights of past successes include:

  • Defeating a State of Alaska challenge to the Roadless Rule nationwide;
  • Enjoining countless old-growth Tongass timber sales in lawsuits over a span of nearly 30 years;
  • Protecting the Arctic from development’s harm, including the Western Arctic’s most sensitive wildlife habitat near Teshekpuk Lake, thus opening the door to permanent protection of the area;
  • Winning protections for Alaska’s ocean ecosystems and marine animals, including Steller sea lions;
  • Forcing substantial reform of gold placer mining practices throughout Interior Alaska through a successful litigation campaign; and
  • Defeating a proposed permit to dump mine tailings from the Quartz Hill Molybdenum Mine into the waters of Misty Fjords National Monument.


Recent News from the Alaska Office:

Map of Earthjustice offices.

Contact Alaska Office

325 Fourth Street
Juneau, AK  99801
(907) 586-2751
akoffice@earthjustice.org

441 W 5th Avenue, Ste. 301
Anchorage, AK  99501
(907) 277-2500
akoffice@earthjustice.org

Staff

Eric Jorgensen Managing Attorney

Barbara Frank Office Manager

Madeline Gallo Associate Attorney

Erik Grafe Staff Attorney

Brettny Hardy Sr. Associate Attorney

Holly Harris Staff Attorney

Iris Korhonen-Penn Litigation Assistant

Colin O'Brien Staff Attorney

Sarah Saunders Litigation Assistant / Administrative Coordinator

Tom Waldo Staff Attorney

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Regional Office: Spotlight Features

Renewable Village

Alexanna Salmon is the village administrator of the Alaskan community of Igiugig (population: less than 70). Her village is turning off diesel generators and turning on solar and wind power—and showing the rest of us how to end our addiction to fossil fuels. Watch the full-length video.

Visions of the Arctic

A film about the thriving, diverse Arctic landscape, and the threats the region faces from industrialization and climate change. Presented by Earthjustice, and produced by the acclaimed photographer Florian Schulz and Emil Herrera-Schulz.

Getting It Right for the Arctic Ocean

Thanks to long-running Earthjustice litigation on behalf of Alaska Native and conservation groups, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ordered the Department of the Interior to reconsider its decision to issue millions of acres of oil leases to companies like Shell and ConocoPhillips in the Chukchi Sea. In response, the government has suspended drilling there pending the review.