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.

Interior Alaska Land Trust
Interior Alaska Land TrustSep 14, 2021 @ 7:20pm
Tidbit Tuesday!
Barclay’s Willow - Moose love willow! For good reasons too. Barclay’s Willow is high in salicylic acid -- one of the major components in aspirin. Anecdotally, bulls will eat mainly willow when they are growing their racks. Similarly, cows will eat willow right before giving birth.
Photo credit: Paul Slichter
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Accessed via: http://science.halleyhosting.com/nature/denali/flora/treeshrub/deciduous/salix/barclayi.html
Interior Alaska Land Trust
Interior Alaska Land TrustSep 7, 2021 @ 7:19pm
Tidbit Tuesday!
Yarrow - Some often see Yarrow as a weed on their lawns, but it is an extremely useful medicinal plant. First, yarrow has a numbing effect if placed in the mouth, so it may be used for toothaches! People have used yarrow tea for the common cold, loss of appetite, GI tract discomfort. Moreover, its leaf extract has anti-inflammatory qualities. If you ever read the Iliad by Homer, Achilles famously used yarrow to treat his soldiers' wounds during the Battle of Troy.
Interior Alaska Land Trust
Interior Alaska Land TrustSep 6, 2021 @ 7:00pm
Tidbit Tuesday!
Mushrooms are the fruiting body of an underground network of threadlike cells called mycelium. The mycelium of some fungi, like this bright red Russula, are symbiotically connected with the roots of plants. The mycelium provides dissolved nutrients to the plant in exchange for sugars.
Photo by Christin Swearingen, taken at the Moody conservation easement.
Interior Alaska Land Trust
Interior Alaska Land TrustAug 12, 2021 @ 12:47am
Tidbit Tuesday!
Ever noticed piles of spruce cone shavings at the button of spruce trees? This is a result of one red-squirrel. Red-squirrels have a varied diet: fungi, fruits, sap, bird eggs, and especially spruce cones! They store their seeds in these squirrel middens, which serve as refuse for past meals and cold storage for future ones as they are active during the winter. They have burrows in the middens to avoid predators while they are eating as red squirrels are most vulnerable while they are eating.
Photo credit: Christin Swearingen, taken at the Osborne property
Interior Alaska Land Trust
Interior Alaska Land TrustAug 24, 2021 @ 7:00pm
Tidbit Tuesday!
Northern Shovelers have large, spathulate bills that are perfectly adapted to strain food from the water. They will swim along with their bills barely below water, "shoveling" sedges, pondweeds, insects, and even small fish into their mouths. These shovelers were seen at the Peat Ponds this summer.
Photo credit Tony Thacker

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.

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