Responsible Economic Development and Natural Resource Management in Southeast Alaska

Current Events

  • Ever hear of the Equal Access to Justice Act?  Well you should because you're paying other people to take your money.  And those people are behind some of the largest environmental groups in the country.  Read More here.
  • The AJ Mine Advisory Committee submitted its recommendations to the City and Borough of Juneau Committee of the Whole answering the question "Under what circumstances, if any, should the CBJ promote development of the AJ Mine?" The Assembly now decides how to proceed. Learn More about the AJ MIne

First Things First Alaska Foundation (FTFAF)  is dedicated to preserving the economic viability and future of Alaska through education. There is a clear need to educate the public on the benefits of responsible economic development and natural resource management.

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FTFAF  works to educate the public by monitoring and researching natural resource management issues, by highlighting reasonable use, access, economic opportunities, and development; all of which can be done while protecting the environment.

We promote public understanding of the facts regarding resource issues, whether they be mining, timber, fishing, or tourism, and encourage the public to participate in the decision making process.


There is also a need to regularly correct inaccurate and incomplete information directed at Alaskans.


For years, public sentiment has been swayed with misinformation spread to achieve success for the anti-development and anti-use agenda. The fact that the environment can be protected while the resources are utilized is being confused and distorted.

These propaganda efforts are orchestrated primarily outside Alaska, but they are also coordinated with organizations inside the state. Their agenda is to prohibit all reasonable natural resource use and development under the misguided notion that "environmental protection" can only be achieved by locking up Alaska’s lands.  This deliberate misinterpretation of facts on the positive effects of  thoughtful and sustainable development denies our communities economic viability and sustainability.