Conserving Land North of the Alaska Range

For the benefit of our community

The Interior Alaska Land Trust (IALT) is a private, non-profit, tax-exempt organization, started in 1995. We work with Interior Alaska landowners to protect, acquire or manage natural, scenic, recreational, agricultural, historic, or cultural aspects of property.

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Our Commitment to Conservation

Land trusts can be found in every state. There are more than 1,600 of them, some over 100 years old. There are seven in Alaska alone. Land trusts have protected over 12 million acres of land in the U.S. They are mostly local organizations, although there is a national organization, the Land Trust Alliance, that provides professional support. In every case, land trusts work only with willing land owners, and support land issues that are important to their own communities.

Serving Our Community

The Interior Alaska Land Trust serves several purposes in the Fairbanks area. Continuing development throughout the community has brought attention to land use issues. The pace of building, though not at frantic as during pipeline days, is beginning to turn the last remaining undeveloped areas into small pockets, and cutting up trails and greenways that people thought were protected.

Private land that people acquired 30 or more years ago has increased tremendously in value. Often these are large parcels, and their owners find that their heirs would be required to sell some of the land just to pay the inheritance taxes. In these cases, the Interior Alaska Land Trust can hold an easement on the land, reducing its estate tax value, protecting open space, or connecting greenways and trails.

Upcoming Events

Board Meetings

*First Tuesday of the Month @ 6:30 p.m.

*Due to COVID-19 our meetings have been virtual via Zoom. If you would like to attend, which we encourage, please contact Owen Guthrie (oguthrie@gmail.com).*

Join our monthly meetings for the latest projects and news: members and the public are welcome.

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Interior Alaska Land TrustJan 13, 2021 @ 2:15am
Have you been to our website lately? Take 5 minutes to check it out, then post in the comments what you think could make it better. Is there any information you want to know but isn't there? Are the options for donating easy to find and understandable? What do you like or dislike? Hearing from you will make our site even better this year. www.interioraklandtrust.org
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Interior Alaska Land TrustJan 9, 2021 @ 9:38pm
White Mountains trail conditions update: After weeks with little new snowfall, the White Mountains are hard and fast in most locations. Low snowfall this season has also contributed to aufeis (overflow ice) developing in many of the usual places, including around Windy Gap Cabin. The BLM trail crew has recently focused on improving the Cache Mountain Loop Trail, the longest and most remote of the White Mountains winter trails. After tree cutting and grooming, that trail is in now in good condition. The crew also groomed the McKay Creek, Fossil Creek, Trail Creek, and Wickersham Creek trails.

The full trail conditions report is available at www.blm.gov/visit/white-mountains/trail-update.
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Interior Alaska Land TrustJan 7, 2021 @ 8:36pm
Take a walk on our decorated trail at the Chinook Conservation Park! Post a picture from the trail with hashtag #ChinookCP to get this IALT sticker by Alaskan Raven Studio.
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Interior Alaska Land TrustJan 1, 2021 @ 10:39pm
***SUCCESS! We met our goal and paid off the last of the loan on the Steffensen parcel! This critical piece of the Goldstream Valley Greenbelt is officially complete. THANK YOU to everyone who made this possible! ***

SPECIAL FUNDRAISING UPDATE
Thanks to an outpouring of support from our membership combined with a $20,000 loan, IALT was able to purchase the final piece of the Steffensen-Dix property on October 20, 2020. This critical purchase connects the Goldstream Public Use Area with our Blueberry Preserves property. Frank Steffensen and his sister, Christina Dix, sold their property to IALT with the wish that it be conserved forever.
Although the land is now protected in perpetuity, we still need your help to repay the $20,000 loan. If you are an avid trail user or supporter of the Goldstream Public Use Area, please consider making a donation today on our website: interioraklandtrust.org.
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Interior Alaska Land TrustDec 28, 2020 @ 8:17pm
This year only, U.S. taxpayers who won’t be itemizing deductions for 2020 can get a special deduction of up to $300 for charitable contributions made before the end of 2020. Please consider making an end-of-year gift to IALT! https://interior-alaska-land-trust-624539.square.site/

Cripple Creek Restoration Project

The Interior Alaska Land Trust, in partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, studied the restoration feasibility of Cripple Creek in the lower Chena River watershed for almost a decade. Careful analysis determined that the restoration of Cripple Creek and improvements to its fish passages will improve overall juvenile Chinook Salmon rearing habitat within the Chena River Watershed. After years of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, restoring Cripple Creek fortuitously became possible and began in the spring of 2017. As of September 2020, the final culvert has been installed and the creek channel link-up is concluded! More exciting work on the new Chinook Conservation Park coming in Summer 2021.

Thanks to Our Partners, Sponsors & Members!