Northern Land Use

Community Involvement



Since inception in 1991, NLURA has been very active in a variety of community service projects, and regularly supports local, statewide, and national charitable organizations. We do this through both monetary support, in-kind contributions, and non-profit projects. Support is given by both the company and employees working on behalf of the company. We pride ourselves on providing sound science that benefits the community by learning about history, prehistory, and the surrounding environment.

For more than a decade, we have helped organize and volunteer staff to run “Outdoor Days”, a multi-agency week-long event designed to introduce elementary school kids to a variety of outdoor resources, such as geology, wildlife, forestry, and archaeology.

Along with Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC), we helped support the late Bill Sheppard’s Upper Tanana archaeological research. With support from Bob Sattler (TCC) and Ken Pratt (BIA), a student is being funded to catalog and process the collection for curation of these important collections.

We have provided funding and in-kind support for the Shaw Creek Flats/Quartz Lake Multidisciplinary Project. NLURA’s assistance includes provides support for PhD students, technical expertise and time, use of NLURA’s XRF and GPR equipment, and field equipment (e.g., ATVs, coring devices). We have given pro bono support for work at the oldest archaeological site in Alaska, Swan Point, the site with the oldest human remains in Northern North America, the Upward Sun River site, the Meade and Hollenback sites, Carlo Creek, and the Eroadaway Site.

In addition to project CRM reports, our work has appeared in peer-reviewed and popular publications. These publications are typically done on our own time, and not billable to specific projects. Some of the journals include: Alaska Geographic, Alaska Journal of Anthropology, American Antiquity, Anthropological Papers of the University of Alaska, Arctic, Arctic Anthropology, British Archaeological Reports, Chemisphere, Current Research in the Pleistocene, Ethnohistory, Historical Archaeology, Journal of Archaeological Science, Mushing Magazine, Occasional Papers of the University of Alaska, Old Time Herald, Quaternary Research, Quaternary Science Reviews, Radiocarbon, Science, Science and the Total Environment, and Short Notes on Alaska Geology.

Ongoing projects for which NLURA is providing pro bono support in the local Fairbanks community includes the Chena townsite GPR project, and the Clay street GPR cemetery project. For over 20 years, we have provided in-kind support of student MA and PhD research. We have provided funding for students to take classes and travel to conferences or field sites. NLURA employees regularly lecture in classrooms throughout the Fairbanks North Star Borough, at the elementary school, middle school, high school levels, as well at the nearby University of Alaska. We have been a strong supporter of student career development at both the high school and university level. This has included participating in career fairs and having students “shadow” our staff for a day or two. NLURA archaeologists have served as guest curators for three UAF Museum exhibits.

NLURA has provided pro bono cultural resources services to a number of Alaska Native Villages, including emergency excavations in Deering, and community archaeology projects in Crooked Creek and Anaktuvuk Pass. We recently provided pro bono radiocarbon dating, stable isotope and DNA analysis of human remains found during the course of a construction project we were monitoring in Kivalina.

NLURA has responded, through the Alaska Red Cross, to disaster relief for the flooded villages of Eagle and Crooked Creek, and contributed to the Japan Relief Fund following the 2011 earthquake.

For over a decade, we have been a major sponsor of traditional, old time, bluegrass and blues music provided by KUAC-FM, Fairbanks, and have been a major sponsor of the Fairbanks Folk Fest.

Here is a partial list of non profit organizations which NLURA has donated to over the years:


  • Alaska Peace Center
  • Yukon Tanana Historical Society
  • Iditarod Trail Committee
  • Breadline Inc.
  • Fairbanks Folk Festival
  • Fairbanks Summer Music Festival
  • Alaska Folk Festival
  • Alaska Quaternary Center
  • Alaska Anthropological Association
  • Tanana Chiefs Conference
  • Alaska Peace Officers Association
  • Alaska Red Cross
  • National Center for Science Education
  • Yukon Quest International
  • Hospice of the Tanana Valley
  • Fairbanks Community Foodbank
  • Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre
  • Fairbanks Drama Association
  • Interior Aids Association
  • Friends of the University of Alaska Museum
  • Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks
  • Fairbanks Youth Soccer
  • Main Street Fairbanks
  • Resource Center for Parents & Children
  • Literacy Council of Alaska
  • Habitat For Humanity
  • Fairbanks Counseling & Adoption
  • Fairbanks Arts Association
  • United Way of the Tanana Valley
  • Alaska Anthropological Association – Zooarchaeology Group
  • Alaska Impact
  • Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival
  • Fairbanks Community Cooperative Market
  • KUAC –  sponsorship of traditional music programs
  • Fairbanks Bluegrass Camp for Kids
  • Texas A&M Pleistocene Research Foundation
  • West Valley High School Cross Country Team