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Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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El Ártico ~ Versión en Español

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is protected on an ecosystem scale for its unique plants, animals, and people.  Defending this national treasure from devastating oil and gas development requires the public's constant vigilance.  Take action now to keep the Arctic Refuge wild, safe, and whole for the future.  We have great opportunity to achieve important steps for stronger protection through the Fish & Wildlife Service's Conservation Plan. 

At the same time, we are actively supporting the Arctic Refuge Wilderness bills in Congress (H.R. 139 and S. 33) to permanently protect the refuge's vital heart.   And we continue to fight oil drilling threats in Congress, like the "Directional Drilling" Trojan Horse scheme to get industry's foot in the door, or threatened riders on "must pass" budget bills. 

Defend the Refuge!

Defend the Refuge!

This year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is making a plan for the Refuge's future. This Comprehensive Conservation Plan is your historic opportunity to add stronger wilderness protection for our Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and continue this wilderness legacy to future generations.

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Arctic Refuge 101: What is “ANWR?”

Arctic Refuge 101: What is “ANWR?”

Learn about the place behind the lingo and why conservationists reject the term “ANWR.”

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The Land

The Land

The Arctic Refuge is one of America’s most valuable wilderness areas. Unbroken ecosystems span boreal forest to Brooks Range peaks to Arctic Ocean. The land and plants are beautifully dramatic in all seasons.

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The Wildlife

The Wildlife

Over 200 animal species make the refuge home. The coastal plain has vital caribou birthing grounds, polar bear dens, migratory bird nests and more.

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The People

The People

Gwich’in and Inupiat people since time immemorial have relied on the area for sustenance and culture. Visitors find value for science, art, spiritual renewal, hunting, and recreation.

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Quick Facts & Links

Quick Facts & Links

Additional resources to learn more about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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Arctic Climate Change Impacts

Arctic Climate Change Impacts

Global warming threatens refuge polar bears with extinction. The Porcupine caribou herd’s migrations are changing. Protecting the Arctic Refuge is symbolic of our commitment to a bold, clean energy future.

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El Ártico ~ Versión en Español

El Ártico ~ Versión en Español

Versión en Español (Spanish Version) by Paloma Garcia Simon: El Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre del Ártico (ANWR)

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Arctic News
Sizzling 17th Annual Run for the Refuge
Northern Voices "On Arctic Ground" with Debbie Miller
Subhankar Banerjee coming to Fairbanks Tuesday, September 11!
NAEC Members Speak, Salazar Listens on Western Arctic Plan
Northern Center’s Run for the Refuge Celebrates Arctic
Fairbanks Hosts its First "Hands Across the Sands" Event
Yukon Tanana Area Plan- Comments Due Friday!
THIS SUNDAY-Run for the Refuge! Register NOW!
Run for the Refuge Sunday July 28, 2013
Alaskans ask for Balanced Plan that Protects Special Places; NPR-A comment period closes
Fairbanks NPR-A Hearings a Slam Dunk for Conservation
CCP Success- Nearly 1 Million People Comment for Arctic Refuge Wilderness!
Last Chance to Comment on Arctic Refuge Wilderness
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Plan Released for Comment! Fish & Wildlife Service considers Wilderness for Coastal Plain
Victory for Alaskans! Judge rules Best Interest Finding for Beaufort Sea Leasing is Unconstitutional
Arctic Refuge Wilderness Bill Re-Introduced
Feds Rush Incomplete Environmental Review of Oil and Gas Drilling in Arctic Ocean
Hot Race Celebrates 50th Anniversary Arctic Refuge
Ginny Hill Wood Recieves Fish & Wildlife Service Award for Alaska Conservation
Sec. Salazar urged to reconsider Shell Oil’s exploratory drilling in Arctic Ocean planned to start in less than 60 days
Historic Opportunity for Stronger Protections in New Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Planning Process
Beaufort and Chukchi Seas: Taking a Stand for Living Marine Resources
Victory in 6-Year Fight! Applause to Fish & Wildlife Service for Halting Yukon Flats Refuge Land Trade
Double Trouble for Polar Bears: New Report on threats of melting Arctic Sea ice and offshore oil development
Oil and Gas Industry Toxic Spills 1996-2008 Map
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