This year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will make some big decisions about the future of America's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. For the first time, a new management plan for the Arctic Refuge could include a recommendation for Wilderness protection for the Refuge’s critical Coastal Plain – the strongest level of protection for the Arctic Refuge’s polar bears and natural areas – and the place that that has been in Big Oil’s sights for decades.
This plan will guide how the Arctic Refuge will be managed for the next 15 years or more. The Obama administration has asked for input from all Americans on this plan. To make sure the final version includes this important recommendation, we must demonstrate overwhelming support for protecting the Refuge’s Coastal Plain. If we speak with a loud and united voice, we’ll be sending a strong message that the Fish and Wildlife Service can’t ignore.
The Alaska Wilderness League is working on your behalf to achieve that goal. How? by collecting one million signatures on a letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Salazar in support of protecting America's wilderness in the Arctic Refuge. Can you add your name and help Alaska Wilderness League meet its goal?
What it means to be an American…
There are some places in this country that define what it means to be American – the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Alaska is one of those places. For the past 50 years our country has remained committed to protecting one of our last wild places.
Some places are just too extraordinary to drill, and the Arctic Refuge is one of them.
A Wilderness recommendation could protect this unparalleled area and the abundant wildlife that depends on it – including polar bears, musk oxen, caribou and millions of birds from around the globe.
If we all speak out, we can make sure that the critical Coastal Plain is given the strongest possible protections from Big Oil and harmful development.
Please take a minute RIGHT NOW and write to Secretary Salazar of the U.S. Department of Interior. He is the one who will recommend to President Obama whether YOUR wilderness in the Arctic Refuge will be protected – or degraded by oil production and development.