We hope your new year is off to a strong start.
For Alaska Venture Fund, this last month has been one of recalibration and evolution as we set ambitious goals, grow our team, and embark on challenging new ventures. We’ll share more with you soon, but for now, we are highlighting some of the amazing people on our team leading this work. Read more below, alongside the latest updates and news from the last few weeks.
As always, if you would like to learn more about our work, please drop us a line.
Wishing you the best,
The Alaska Venture Fund team
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Alaskans Driving Change: AlexAnna Salmon
AlexAnna is a Partner at AVF and leads our investments in sustainable communities for the Bristol Bay region. As President of Igiugig Village Council, her work has helped blaze a trail for other remote rural communities with initiatives to develop renewable energy, create opportunity, and revitalize the Yup’ik language and culture. Read more about AlexAnna and the connections to place and history that guide her work in this profile.
From Across Alaska
Tribal recognition ballot initiative surges past signature threshold: Efforts to gain official state recognition for all federally recognized Alaska Native tribes passed a major milestone early in the new year: Alaskans for Better Government blew past their signature minimum of 36,140 and received Division of Elections validation. The measure will now appear on ballots in April, offering all Alaskans the opportunity to stand up for Indigenous sovereignty. Read more here.
Federal disasters declared for 14 Alaska fisheries: New disaster designations may offer some relief to communities that have been crushed by staggeringly low salmon returns along Alaskan river systems in recent years. The absence of commercial and subsistence fishing opportunities along these rivers has had giant economic, cultural, and food security implications for locals, and these hard-fought designations are an important step toward ensuring that the worst hit communities receive assistance.
All eyes on the Tongass: The recent public comment period on protections for 9.2 million acres of the Tongass National Forest brought renewed attention to the region (and over 175,000 statements in favor of reinstating the Roadless Rule). One particularly powerful piece in the Washington Post focused on the life and history of one 500 year old tree to explain the context of the debate and underscore the importance of the forest as an irreplaceable cultural resource for local communities.
Beavers, Icemaggedon, and record temperatures–a month of climate headlines: From ‘Icemaggedon’ to an ominous increase of beavers in the Arctic, 2022 has already been packed with climate headlines. Alaska continues to experience climate disruption in dramatic and often detrimental ways. Over the coming months we will be exploring the role our state can play in mitigating these impacts and how Alaskan innovation can unlock economic opportunity as we respond to these changes.
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