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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We’re Hiring!

Are you committed to conserving the natural areas in Interior Alaska? We are hiring one or two independent contractors from Fairbanks to help our Board turn their vision into reality. See job description and requirements below!

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 TrustOct 19, 2021 @ 5:26pm
Tidbit Tuesday! Did you know we have an email list? 😊
If you'd like to hear from us every couple of months, subscribe here: https://interioraklandtrust.org/news/newsletters/

Photo of cloudberry in memory of autumn at the Goldstream Valley Greenbelt!
Interior Alaska Land Trust
Interior Alaska Land TrustOct 12, 2021 @ 7:27pm
Tidbit Tuesday!
Do you know what watershed you are in?
Watersheds, the drainage basin where all water collects into ponds, rivers, lakes, etc., are extremely important to human health and ecosystem dynamics. A healthy watershed promotes proper nutrient cycling, thus protecting water quality. Additionally, the healthier the watershed, the greater the ecosystem’s ability to sequester carbon within bogs and fens. Thus, one of IALT’s priorities is to conserve these wetland areas for the health of the watershed and future generations.

Art by Cherissa Dukelow: https://www.inprnt.com/gallery/gaea-cherissa/iliamna/
Interior Alaska Land Trust
Interior Alaska Land TrustOct 9, 2021 @ 1:23am
Our friends at Alaska Outdoor Alliance are hosting their 6th ANNUAL CONFLUENCE: SUMMIT on the OUTDOORS on Oct. 26-28 virtually on Zoom. They'll kick off the conference with Pathways to Healthier People and Communities; Day 2 will provide a Guidebook to the New Outdoor Recreation Economy, which leads logically to Day 3's focus on Co-Creating the Future. Each day will start with briefings, followed by lively discussions on how to shape and make knowledge actionable. For more information and registration, go to https://www.alaskaoutdooralliance.org/confluence-ak
Interior Alaska Land Trust
Interior Alaska Land TrustSep 28, 2021 @ 7:20pm
Tidbit Tuesday!
A puffball is a round or pear-shaped mushroom that is completely white inside and soft like a marshmallow. All puffballs in Alaska are edible when cooked, but check first to make sure they are white inside. When they get old they turn green, yellow, or eventually powdery brown!

Photo credit: Patrick Schifferli
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Interior Alaska Land Trust
Interior Alaska Land TrustSep 21, 2021 @ 7:30pm
Tidbit Tuesday!
National Public Lands Day is this weekend-- grab a hat and head outside! Not sure where to go? This site has info on the best hikes around Fairbanks, and you can sort by difficulty and length: https://www.alltrails.com/us/alaska/fairbanks

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!

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