First Things First Alaska Foundation

Focused on a strong economy

Responsible Economic Development
and Natural Resource Management
in Southeast Alaska


First Things First Alaska Foundation follows a number of issues we deem important to the economic vitality of Alaska. Click on the issues below for more information.

The US Forest Service is trying to implement a Roadless Rule to stop future development in the Tongass National Forest and the Chugiak National Forest. Learn more about the issue and what First Things First Alaska is doing to stop it.

Some of the country’s largest environmental groups are reaping in significant sums of money from the federal government – by suing the government. Read about Environmental Litigation here.

The Declining Population in SE Alaska is a of concern to all remaining residents. Read John Sandor’s recommendations for Reversing the Trend.

On Juneau’s Economy: Read the article, Juneau At A Glance, in the April 2011 issue of Alaska Economic Trends published by the AK Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development.

Re-Opening the AJ Mine is an exciting prospect that could be in the capital city’s future.

The US Geological Survey is in the process of writing its next 10-Year Plan. Read our Recommended Priorities this federal agency should focus on over the next decade.

Learn about the positive attributes of the proposed Lynn Canal Highway

Gordon Jackson – Tongass Futures Roundtable., high rates of alcohol, suicides.

Areas of Focus

First Things First Alaska Foundation is committed to education, advocacy, and support of responsible economic development and natural resource management in Southeast Alaska. While there are many areas our board and members work to advance our efforts, the FTF Alaska Foundation board has selected the following areas of focus as essential for the health and wellbeing of Southeast Alaska.

Promote Juneau Access and SE Transportation Plan

We need this essential land-link that will reduce shipping costs, provide increased access for travelers, and help the AMHS ferry system.

Alaska-Specific Exemptions to the Roadless Rule

Ensure access for all user groups in the Tongass to resources and communities in Southeast Alaska.

Promote Responsible Activities in the Mining Sector
Responsible resource development that helps Alaskans with great-paying jobs while providing a significant tax-base to local communities.
Dealing with the Juneau Landfill
Juneau has a growing problem that, without a discussion of viable alternatives and decisive action by citizens, will make the landfill a serious issue in the future.
Promoting the Tourism Industry
Tourism is a bedrock of the Southeast Alaska economy. We must foster and support this vibrant sector for sustainable economic activity that supports jobs and local communities.
Balancing Budget Obligations
When analyzing current obligations for taxpayers, it is vital that we self-assess our community’s wants and needs to prioritize essential given finite resources.
Voter Access to Vital Candidate Information
Our commitment to make sure local candidates are open about their position on resource development and responsive to all viewpoints within their respective districts.

NEW - SE AK Mining Industry

(by McDowell Group)

FTFAF 2019 Annual Report

Southeast Alaska's Mining Industry

(by McDowell Group)

Juneau Transportation Survey

(by McDowell Group)

Focused on the economy to ensure that Alaskans can support families