Bringing Healthy Country Concepts to the Western Alaska Climate Conversation

March 20, 2018 — Bethel, Alaska

It’s the first day of spring in Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and from horizon to horizon, this snow-covered landscape is ‘browning up’. Change is a given in this subarctic region and the people who’ve thrived here for millenia have done so by adapting to both short and long-term climate cycles.

Anthropogenic climate warming has brought something new to the YK Delta – change so rapid it’s outpacing the collective ability to adapt.

Nautilus is here in Bethel, the delta’s population hub, with the YK ADAPT team: regional knowledge leaders and agency representatives who are working together to plan for resiliency for the area’s abundant plant and animal resources, and for the people who depend on them in this time of unprecedented change.

Nautilus is sharing knowledge gained from similar ventures working alongside Indigenous leaders in Australia to ameliorate social and environmental challenges through an Indigenized Management approach known as Healthy Country Planning.

Bethel’s local radio station, KYUK, interviewed Nautilus lead Ian Dutton and other meeting participants on Healthy Country Planning and the YK ADAPT processlisten to the broadcast and learn more about this important region-wide effort.

Learn more about Healthy Country Planning

Project support is provided by a consulting team comprised of Agnew Beck Consulting and Nautilus Impact Investing as well as Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) staff. The Western Alaska LCC is the primary funder of this project, which builds from the recent Western Alaska Coastal Climate Change Resilience project (learn more at