Alaska's rugged southern coast, interior rivers and North Slope wetlands produce much of the Pacific Flyway's waterfowl. The Last Frontier State is still considered a vast and wild land, especially by those in the Lower 48. But the human touch is seen more now then ever before. Alaska's abundant natural resources are in high demand, and their extraction often conflicts with the needs of waterfowl and other wildlife.
Some of the most important areas for Pacific Flyway breeding waterfowl have been or are currently under investigation for hydropower, minerals or petroleum development. DU has ongoing projects in Alaska to identify and map the most important waterfowl habitats before they are forever altered, and other projects that repair wetland habitats that have been disturbed.