The October newsletter for Chugach electric reports a steady decline in residential energy use in rail-belt Alaska for all utilities over the last decade and shows a USDA graph for 5 utilities. The article does not say the reason for the decline. It might be a good story for media to investigate – are more Alaskans going to Hawaii for the winter or is energy conservation paying off?
As climate change brings new threats to subsistence communities across Alaska’s coastlines, a conference held in Anchorage is advocating community-based solutions, and not waiting any longer for government assistance.
Beginning on Wednesday, the Alaska Energy Authority will hold meetings to discuss the initial study report for the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project. Wednesday’s discussion will include study reports on fish in the Susitna River drainage. Those studies have recently drawn criticism from the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. AEA maintains that criticism is unfounded. - See more at: http://ktna.org/2014/10/14/susitna-dam-study-report-meetings-begin-wedne...
This was a great article posted in Orion Magazine honoring the 50th anniversary of both the Wilderness Act and the Civil Rights Act - http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/8275
Segregating wilderness from people creates permission to deforest and devalue the landscape where people are allowed to “remain” while falsely defining the remote landscape as “pristine.” Desegregating the wilderness requires not only the laws that forbid discrimination but also the reintegration of nearby wilderness where people live.
Now largely white organizations and agencies are grappling with the dilemma of a segregated wilderness by working feverishly to get urban people out to remote places—because people will not protect what they have not enjoyed. But what if wilderness zigzagged through areas where urban people live? Then accessing the wilderness in our daily lives could be more tangible than wild shadows cast by memory.
Deb Kleinman, MPH
Model Forest Policy Program