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National Audubon is a science-based organization, synthesizing, developing and applying the best available science to policy issues. Established in 1977, the Alaska office provides this scientific leadership in efforts to preserve as wilderness biologically important areas of the Tongass National Forest and Alaska’s Arctic. Audubon’s special niche is using science to identify conservation priorities and support conservation advocacy, emphasizing nationally and internationally significant bird and wildlife populations and their habitats on public lands and waters. In their 35-year history, Audubon Alaska has played crucial roles in many landmark conservation gains across the state, from the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) in 1980 to recent success in securing a first-ever leasing deferral throughout the entire Teshekpuk Lake Special Area.