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Alaska Roadless Areas - 2018  

The ACA, in partnership with the Outdoor Alliance, signed on to a letter submitted to the USDA Forest Service, expressing the opinion that roadless areas and their protection under the 2001 Roadless Rule, be maintained in Alaska's National Forests. The ACA considers it essential that the protection of outdoor recreation, including paddling opportunities, be maintained or expanded as the Forest Service considers whether to tailor the Roadless Rule to the specific needs of Alaska's National Forests. Please read the full letter for a more detailed understanding of the ACA's position on this important issue in public lands protections. 


  • Alaska Roadless Areas (PDF)




Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s Coastal Plain - 2016 

To President Obama: As outdoor industry companies that make and sell products for outdoor recreation and representatives of the human-powered outdoor recreation community, we are writing to encourage you to grant the highest possible protection to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s Coastal Plain, and ensure that its habitat and recreation values are preserved for future generations. Last year, you recommended that Congress protect the Coastal Plain as Wilderness, and we are encouraged to see that legislation to do just that has been introduced into both the House and Senate. If Congress fails to permanently protect
the Coastal Plain, we respectfully ask that you use your executive authority to do so. 

  • Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s Coastal Plain letter (PDF)


Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - 2011

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was set aside 50 years ago for its "unique wildlife, wilderness, and recreational values." The US Fish and Wildlife Service has recently drafted a Comprehensive Conservation Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement (CCP/EIS) outlining a vision and goals for the area. Threatened by pressure for oil and gas leasing, exploration, and production, this area's biological diversity and ecological value is priceless and deserves to be protected.

The ACA and over 200 other organizations signed on to comments produced by the Alaska Coalition urging the FWS to adopt the Vision and Goals outlined in the Draft CCP/IES and to recommend a Wilderness designation for the Arctic Refuge's Coastal Plain Wilderness Study Area.

  • Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Letter (PDF)

Tongass National Forest Plan - 2008

The Tongass National Forest is in southeast Alaska. We worte to express our support for a land management plan for the Tongass National Forest that ends large-scale old growth logging and shifts management focus on the Tongass Towards sustainable, job-creating industries like fishing, tourism and recreation.
  • USFS Letter (PDF)
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