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Alaska Wilderness League

Washington, DC   |  http://www.alaskawild.org

Mission

Alaska Wilderness League galvanizes support to secure vital policies that protect and defend America's last great wild public lands and waters.

Ruling year info

1993

Principal Officer

Mr. Adam Kolton

Main address

122 C St NW Ste 240

Washington, DC 20001 USA

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EIN

52-1814742

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since 1993, Alaska Wilderness League has served as the only national organization dedicated exclusively to the protection of Alaska’s iconic public lands and waters, with a particular focus on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Arctic Ocean, Western Arctic, and the Tongass & Chugach National Forests. These public lands earned a variety of protections in recent decades, with some particularly large successes realized at the end of the Obama administration. Today, the League is busy defending these core wins, while also preparing for when the political landscape improves for Alaska conservation. We must be ready after the 2018 and 2020 election cycles, to undo damage caused by the current administration while working to push proactive initiatives alike.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Lead the effort to preserve Alaska’s wild lands and waters.

Alaska is a national and international treasure, with towering mountain peaks and glaciers, old growth forests, pristine tundra, rivers, wetlands, and barrier islands. Nowhere else under our flag is there as diverse and abundant fish and wildlife, vast herds of free roaming caribou, unparalleled wild salmon runs and millions of birds that nest in Alaska before traveling to every state and six of seven continents. 225 million acres of federal lands in Alaska – including National Parks, National Forests and National Wildlife Refuges – are owned by all Americans, each with a stake in responsible stewardship. Alaska Wilderness League stands with, serves, and supports the many people and organizations that believe in a sustainable future for Alaska. We honor and respect the cultures of Alaska Natives whose way of life remains deeply connected to the state’s land, waters, and wildlife. We believe that Alaska’s long-term economic future and subsistence traditions are inexorably tied to the health and sound stewardship of its natural resources, which support hunting, fishing, tourism, and unrivaled outdoor experiences that are central to Alaskans’ quality of life.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of list subscribers

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Lead the effort to preserve Alaska’s wild lands and waters.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of comments delivered to decisionmarkrs

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Related Program

Lead the effort to preserve Alaska’s wild lands and waters.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Lead the effort to preserve Alaska’s wild lands and waters.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Events reported here took place throughout the country and include presentations, multi-day tabling events, movie screenings and rallies led by both staff and volunteers.

Charting impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Alaska Wilderness League was founded as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation to further the protection of public lands and waters in Alaska. Alaska Wilderness League's mission is to lead the effort to preserve Alaska's wild lands and waters by engaging citizens and decision makers with a courageous, constant, victorious voice for Alaska.

Alaska Wilderness League galvanizes people to defend and protect America’s wildest public lands and waters in Alaska by building power to influence decision-makers in Congress and Alaska. In particular, to best position the organization for success in the long run, the League is focused on the following key niches: Power Building -- restoring bipartisan leadership for Alaska conservation through a stronger, more politically connected grasstops network of influential people in key states and districts, along with a better resourced and effective lobbying operation. Partnerships -- building a strong network of local, state, regional and national organizations that care about Alaska, serving as a vital bridge between our Alaska-based partners - including indigenous allies - and decision-makers in Washington, DC. Policies. We defend against attacks on our nation’s last great wild places while advancing new policies that better protect these national treasures for future generations.

For the past 25 years Alaska Wilderness League has evolved from a 2-person scrappy lobbying shop based in a semi-run down Capitol Hill townhouse to a national organization with more than 15 staff, offices in DC and Anchorage, 100,000 members, activists & supporters, and a well-earned reputation as the leading advocacy group working at the federal level on the conservation of Alaska’s public lands and waters. Throughout this history, we have built a strong reputation as a trusted partner to Alaska and national groups and indigenous people alike. These partnerships, cultivated over many years, enables the League to galvanize a wide community -- both in and outside of conservation groups -- in order to extend our reach both on capitol hill and throughout the country.

Alaska Wilderness League completed a lengthy three-year strategic planning process in 2018, where – among other shifts – the organization prioritized strengthening how it tracks progress towards larger issue objectives. We’ve identified 26 objectives and 127 metrics/indicators of success that will be reviewed frequently to track our progress. Measures of success look at both campaign outcomes as well as specific institutional objectives. Annual implementation plans are created to revisit and adapt plans based on new circumstances. And a new cloud-based tracking tool will enable the LEague to more easily generate reports for our Board as well as key funders and stakeholders.

Since its founding in 1993, Alaska Wilderness League and our partners have secured many victories, including strong Roadless and old growth protections for the Tongass National Forest, safeguarding huge swaths of the Arctic Ocean, and a putting in place a landmark new management plan for the Western Arctic. We have also successfully led the fight to thwart dozens of assaults on the iconic Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The League has fought and continues to fight to protect the wild of Alaska, striving to achieve permanent protections for the areas we work in.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Alaska Wilderness League

Board of directors
as of 1/24/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Betsy Loyless

Debbie Miller

Richard Spener

Betsy Loyless

Ellen Ferguson

Toni Armstrong

Steve Barker

Lorraine Netro

Gareth Martins

David Weinstein

Pat Pourchot

Brian O'Donnell

Chris Hill

Midy Aponte

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Keywords

Alaska, Arctic, Arctic Refuge, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Public Lands, Conservation, Wildlife, Wilderness, Rainforests, Forests, Caribou, Polar Bears, Tongass