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Alaska's Place in the Future of Conservation

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Published on Jun 6, 2012

April 17, 2012 -- Opening remarks by Michael Goldstein (Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center) and John Pugh (University of Alaska Southeast) followed by a presentation by Peter Kareiva (The Nature Conservancy)

Session Abstract: In the lower 48, conservation has lost momentum, and has been misled by messages of doom and gloom, and nature without people. The human footprint is everywhere and even wilderness such as Alaska feels the heavy impact of human activities. A new conservation is embracing working landscapes, partnerships with corporations, and paying attention to the economic value of nature. The new conservation is also trying to connect today's youth with nature, worried that if fails to do so, videos and the internet reality will trump nature. Alaska has always been special -- the last great American wilderness of unrivalled beauty. But Alaska too is facing pressures of mining and logging and unsustainable fishing that could degrade its natural capital. The challenge will be for Alaska to avoid what has happened in the lower 48, and to remain a special place while also allowing for economic growth. This may well require new alliances and strategies that are less about litigation and more about a joint vision for the future.

This video is from a symposium in Juneau, Alaska from April 17-20, 2012 titled Coastal Temperate Rainforests: Integrating Science, Resource Management, and Communities. The Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center (ACRC) would like to thank all sponsors, speakers, and participants for making the symposium a success. Additional information about the symposium can be found on the ACRC website: http://acrc.alaska.edu/acrc_sw/sympos...

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