Our Alaska 2017 Impact Report

Alaska 2017 Impact Report: Our Successes

Moose Calf A moose calf looks out from the green and purple of a lupine meadow. © Bethany Goodrich

9 Incredible Successes Our Amazing Donors Made Possible in 2017

Thank you to the 1,665 donors who gave in fiscal year 2017. Your gifts made the following achievements possible:

1. Millions of tons of carbon dioxide will remain locked away in Alaska's Bering River Coal Field. A unique agreement permanently protects almost 100 square miles of coal deposits and old-growth forests while generating profits for Chugach Alaska Corp. by leaving carbon underground and in the trees.

2. Our work helped trigger state and local action on climate change—like Governor Walker's launch of the Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team—through polling, round-table discussions, and public outreach to elevate the voices of people from across Alaska.

3. We assisted in creating the Climate Action Plan for the Municipality of Anchorage by co-sponsoring a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory.

4. Alaska's salmon nurseries have a better future thanks to the Mat-Su Fish Habitat Partnership, which we've coordinated since its launch more than 10 years ago. In 2017, Mat-Su partners conserved over 21 miles of stream and 107 lakes. All told, partnership efforts have protected more than 8,000 acres of prime salmon habitat.

5. Eight Western Pacific Island nations are creating a sustainable tuna fishery incorporating lessons from the Alaska model, thanks to site visits hosted by the Conservancy.

6. Alaskan coasts are prepared for disasters of all kinds, thanks to ShoreZone, a 60-member science mapping partnership we coordinate. As of 2017, ShoreZone has mapped 92 percent of Alaska's coastline. That's 46,700 miles—longer than the coastline of the contiguous U.S.!

7. Vast areas of Tongass second-growth forests await a chance to thrive. We restored more than 400 acres to improve conditions for deer, bears, wolves and salmon—practical forestry that serves as a model for forests across the Tongass.

8. Our longstanding effort to protect stream flows in Bristol Bay's legendary Lower Talarik Creek, won approval from Alaska's Department of Natural Resources; the first such water reservation granted to a conservation organization.

9. Our small business loan fund and competition, which we sponsor with Spruce Root, gave entrepreneurs a lift in 2017. The fund loaned $255,000 to sustainability-minded businesses and now supports more than 132 jobs. Our innovative forestry projects provide meaningful jobs in remote communities.

To learn more about these accomplishments or to be a part of our future successes, please contact Caitlin Hedberg at (907) 865-5701.

off the coast of Alaska.
Sailboat off the coast of Alaska. © Lance Nesbitt

Organizational Health:

Statement of Financial Position

Cash and Investments: $6,741,895
Endowment Funds: $292,973
Conservation Lands: $3,158,363
Other Assets: $1,384,167
TOTAL ASSETS: $11,577,398
NET ASSETS: $11,576,048
A glacial-blue stream meanders through the Fall color in the cottonwoods.
Alaska A glacial-blue stream meanders through the Fall color in the cottonwoods. © Sean Neilson

Our Team

The Nature Conservancy in Alaska has been rated a great place to work, by its employees! Surveyed this past summer, 100 percent of Alaska's staff said:

  • My immediate manager treats me with respect and dignity;
  • My immediate manager's actions are consistent with our core values; and
  • I would recommend The Nature Conservancy as a great place to work.

Now that's success!

Quote: Bridget Paule

Working with our staff and partners is incredibly inspiring and I'm grateful to work in an environment as thriving and resilient as the places we seek to conserve. It adds so much meaning to all the spreadsheets!

Director of Finance and Operations, Alaska
in the snow in Alaska.
Heron in the snow in Alaska. © Lance Nesbitt

Our Vision

Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.

Quote: Cathy Allen

I joined forces with TNC Alaska where they really get it: It's not about confrontation, it's about what we can do—collaboration, inclusion, listening, diversity, and asking the right questions—to save the planet.

Owner, The Connections Group Inc.
Setting up Camp in Alaska. © Bob Waldrop